The Valley Where Bridges Breathe- “Growing” Bridges From Living Trees

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In a remote village of northeastern India, locals have been “growing” bridges from living trees for hundreds of years. You wouldn’t be wrong to say that these looks like something out of an Indiana Jones movie.

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Bridge growers plan at least 10 years in advance to create foot bridges derived from the roots of trees. Betel nut trees are harvested, the roots of which prove to be strong and functional, allowing up to 50 people to walk across the natural, living bridges at one time.

The bridges do very well in the area, as the tree roots grow even stronger due to the dampness in the region.

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While the woven branches can sometimes leave gaps, villagers fill those holes with strong stones.

The live branches and roots are weaved together and they can remain operational for up to 500 years. Some of these bridges stretch 100 feet long and they allow people to easily cross over bodies of water.

SOURCEGreat Big Story
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