|The Tree of Ténéré in the 1970s, before a truck crashed into it|
The Tree of Tenere was once the world’s most isolated tree. It was a solitary acacia that grew in the Saharan Desert in Niger, Africa. There wasn’t another tree near it for 250 miles (400 km) around . The Tree of Tenere was the last acacia tree standing from when a group of them were living there before it became so dry and turned into a desert. Scientists dug and found that its roots went 120 feet deep to reach the water table below.
Now, a metal sculpture was placed in its spot to commemorate the Lonely Tree of Ténéré: