sábado, 27 de junio de 2015

Amazing living bridges in India

The living root bridges of Meghalaya are a form of tree shaping, which creates these suspension bridges, they are handmade from the aerial roots of living banyan fig trees.

These bridges can take 15 to 20 years for the surreal, strong web of tangled root bridges to connect the two banks of a river. Unlike traditional constructions, Meghalaya’s root bridges only grow stronger with time, never requiring major maintenance or rebuilding; the strongest root bridges are more than 100 years old. In the past 25 years, however, the practice of building these living bridges has been dying out. Rather than spending years creating living paths, builders today use steel rope and modern construction methods to bridge Meghalaya’s streams and rivers.

I think these bridges are good for the people who live there, because with the help of the nature they can cross the river without danger or go to a place where they can’t go without the help of these trees.

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