Microorganisms dwarf my being

Invaluable microorganisms

Invaluable microorganisms

After spending a month hugged between the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean and the tottering peaks of the Rocky Mountains, I  was once again reminded of the colossal physique of this planet.

‘But what of this observation?’ I thought some days later as I stood at the foot of General Sherman in the Sequoia National Park. ‘For beneath the roots of this tree, the largest on earth, resides a community of microorganisms so invaluable that their existence dwarfs my being. Now, that is size.’

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