You’ll Never Guess What’s Living Under The State Of Oregon

Here’s a strange fact to wrap your head around: The largest living organism in the world dwells beneath the forest floor in Oregon. Located in Oregon’s Blue Mountains, this particular honey mushroom is spread out over 2,384 acres (earning its apt nickname, “Humongous Fungus”). According to Scientific American, that’s equivalent to nearly 1,665 football fields.

It takes time for any organism to grow, especially when the culprit is nearly four miles long. The Humongous Fungus is estimated to be between 2,000 and 8,000 years old, clocking it in as one of the oldest living organisms on earth.

This record-breaking mushroom may not be noticeable to the untrained eye, but it has certainly had an impact on its environment. The fungus is killing the trees in the vicinity, first growing around the base, and then slowly but surely invading the trees and rotting their roots.

Check out this amazing video by OPB for more information:

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Video credits
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Todd Sonflieth
Videographer: Nick Fisher
Animations: Aaron Drake Wintersong, Todd Sonflieth