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Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

India – a country of mysteries , miracles and spiritual enlightenment. Here are some of the gods of the trunk and four hands, and bridges can grow by themselves .

We go to the town of Cherrapunji area in the north-east of India, which is located at an altitude of 1300 meters and is considered the wettest place on Earth. Here, for “growing” bridges using kauchukonocnogo roots of ficus. The process of “building” lasts 10-15 years. Living bridges can reach a length of 30 meters and can withstand the weight of more than 50 people.

The material for the “construction” of living bridges are the roots of Ficus Elastica. It is an evergreen tree, reaching a height of 30-40 meters.

909 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

907 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

The uniqueness of the ficus is that it has a secondary root system: its roots grow out. On the Double Bridge photo titled «Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge»:

908 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

To ficus roots grow in the right direction, the inhabitants of Cherrapunji using special frames.

910 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

When he reached the other bank of the roots of ficus kauchukonochnogo grow in the ground. The process of “building” a bridge usually lasts 10-15 years, and in addition it requires constant care and attention.

903 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

912 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

Ready bridge can withstand up to 50 mature adults. Moreover, the older the bridge, so it is stronger – the roots of woody and become strong like steel cables.

913 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

914 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

911 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

906 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

905 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

For more than 500 years managed to grow a large number of bridges more than 30 meters in length.

902 Amazing Living Root Bridges in India

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