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Unless you are there in one of its infrequent downpours or the ephemeral spring, everything in the Arizona desert speaks of dryness. Yet the saguaro cacti, standing comically in all manner of anthropomorphic postures, are 90 percent water. This specimen, towering in the Superstition Mountains, beat the millions-to-one odds against germinating, was only about 10 inches tall when it was 20 years old, and still grew to become a champion.

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