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Originally posted by XLR8R
reply to post by isthisreallife
Has anybody ever entertained the idea of a sink hole type event? Sink holes happen when soluble minerals in the soil are washed away by rain water creating a void. I'm certainly no expert but hear me out. Lets say those trees were on the flank of a steep hill. And under that hill a sink hole formed. Now that hill collapses and fills tho hole under it making a feild of trees lying down. Now, due to the root systen of those trees, the soil keeps it's integrity explaining why the groung is in good shape. Just an idea I'm throwing out there. Is that possible? Maybe someone who knows more more about this stuff can fill us in.
Best hypothesis so far IMO.
Originally posted by Tharsis
The tree tops could have been cut off leaving the lowest branch to regrow into the next trunk.
The trees could have been damaged intentionally and bent over allowing the tree to repair itself and grow as best it could.
The tree could have been trained toward the ground for a short time until the trunk started to harden, then released.
The first of my possibilities could actually serve a purpose in that you'd get wood and the tree would survive and grow still. The other two would require a more clandestine motivation. Perhaps art, perhaps for the oddity effect.
edit: the angle of where the bend occurs tells me that this was done intentionally by humans.edit on 10/10/11 by Tharsis because: (no reason given)
Some brief comment should be made here regarding the material from which the ships were made, the preferences held by some shipwrights, how it was cut and formed, and it's bulk measurement and quality. To the extent possible natural bends in wood were used for "knees" and angle-like ship's timbers. The preference in English shipyards for oak and the preference for natural strength over that of "fasteded" timbers led to this usage. Oaks from the areas of Northern Europe were fine for the development of long straight planking, but the gnarled English "Hedgerow" Oak was the best for the natural curved timbers used to strengthen the ship internally. Trees were even deliberately bent in certain ways so as to " grow" a needed set of curved timbers. These curved timbers were known as "compass" timbers.