Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Living Root Bridges In India
After countless hours of lurking the internet I have found some interesting pictures of living root bridges in India. In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built – they’re grown. The thin, tender roots of the rubber tree, prevented from fanning out by the betel nut trunks, grow straight out. When they reach the other side of the river, they’re allowed to take root in the soil. Given enough time, a sturdy, living bridge is produced. The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they’re extraordinarily strong – strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time.