POTD: Inanimate Longevity

Inanimate Longevity
Death Valley National Park, California
2021

In the extremely hot and arid environment of Death Valley, it can take a long time for even a small shrub to reach any substantial size. By the same token it takes years for anything of this size to decay in that environment. It makes me wonder which is longer the living life span or the time to significant decay after death.