Debate: Would You Reveal Hyperion's Location?

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 1:57 p.m. / Environment

Hyperion, so named by the team of researchers who discovered it, is the tallest known tree on Earth. And the researchers are not saying where it is.

Why? Presumably to protect it from vandals, habitat-threatening trailblazers or souvenir seekers. (They couldn't be reached on short notice.)

At 379 feet, it's not dramatically taller than neighboring trees. It is public property, and it's not endangered. Still, those in the know decided they're not telling anyone how to find it.

Andrew "Information Should be Free" Goff isn't down with secrecy, and would PayPal all his money to Wikileaks if he could only remember his password. Also in need of convincing is Hank Sims (Lost Coast Outpost), who believes that Hyperion is no more special than any other tree and would do anything for the click-throughs. 

On the biology side are Jen Kalt (Humboldt Baykeeper) and Michael Kauffmann (author, Conifer Country). Kalt cites a number of examples in which sensitive flora are kept hidden for their own safety, and Kauffmann maintains that life's mysteries don't always require publicity.