Giant Redwoods are the coastal cousins of the giant sequoias that I wrote about yesterday. Instead of the dry heat of the mountains, the Giant Redwoods thrive in the moist, humid climate of the Northern California coast, where marine fog aids their growth. The fog adds moisture to the soil and helps trap it there by lowering the rate of evaporation. Giant redwoods are the tallest trees on earth standing up to 378 feet tall, taller than their mountain cousins, the sequoias. Giant Redwoods live up to 2,000 years, have branches up to 5 feet in diameter, bark that is up to 12 inches thick and can reproduce by seed or sprout. They are amazingly fire resistant. I have included two photos of me standing inside the burnt out shells of giant redwoods. Even though the cores burned away, the trees are still alive! I have also included a close up of the bark. It is really neat! The bark is very rough and full of thick grooves. To see my favorite pictures of Giant Redwoods, please visit the California section of my website.