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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:43 pm

Root bridges are a specialized form of arboriculture practiced in the forests of northern India. The roots will grow until they find solid earth to attach to, anchoring the bridge.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:45 pm

The rubber trees of the Cherrapunji have been exploited for centuries by the Khasis people to grow their own bridges over streams and rivers.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:46 pm

To grow your own bridge you need to hollow out a log, lay the log over the gap you wish to cross, and direct the roots of the tree to grow into the log.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:48 pm

Once the roots have formed a bridge, soil and stones, or other wood, are laid over them to protect them from damage as people cross.
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