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Stunning images of some of the oldest living things in the world

Ten thousand year old trees and ancient grasses.

A NEW BOOK entitled The Oldest Living Things In The World documents the work of photographer Rachel Sussman as she attempts to capture some of the most enduring organisms on earth before they disappear.

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Trees, mosses, cactii and sea grasses all feature in the work, which also includes essays by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Carl Zimmer.

Baobab Tree, Kenya: Up to 2,000 years old

01_sussman_parfuri_0707_1335 From The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman Source: ©Rachel Sussman

Spruce Gran Picea, Fulufjället, Sweden: 9,550 years old

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Mojave Yucca, California: 12,000 years old

11_Sussman_MojaveYucca_0311_1233 From The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman Source: ©Rachel Sussman

Posidonia Oceania Sea Grass, Balearic Islands, Spain: 100,000 years old

08_Sussman_seagrass_0910_0753 From The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman Source: ©Rachel Sussman

Welwitschia Mirabilis, Namib-Naukluft Desert, Namibia:  2,000 years old

06_Sussman_Welwitschia_0707_22411_txt From The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman Source: ©Rachel Sussman

Stromatolites, Western Australia: 2,000 – 3,000 years old

03_Sussman_WA_Stromatolites_1211_0512 From The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman Source: ©Rachel Sussman

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