Nirvana Monday Oct 3 10:18 PM
Oct 4th, 2011 Crooked Forest
In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks - all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or "Crooked Forest," is a mystery.
Lamplighter Monday Oct 3 11:18 PM
the first crop circle
HungLikeJesus Monday Oct 3 11:25 PM
It's a Polish question mark.
glatt Tuesday Oct 4 08:26 AM
Interesting. Those trees are small and fairly young. I bet there are people alive who know the story and may have even been involved in their growing that way.
Trilby Tuesday Oct 4 08:53 AM
HungLikeJesus Tuesday Oct 4 09:07 AM
Maybe someone wanted to build a crooked house.
glatt Tuesday Oct 4 09:08 AM
Polish Wikipedia entry
Crooked Forest - natural monument with an area of approximately 1.7 hectares, located near the village of new estates and new Czarnowo Dolna Odra Power Plant, in the district gryfińskim (West province). Through this area runs POL czerwony.svg red trail hiking trail from Szczecin Mieszkowice Key.
The area was so named because of the rising in this place about 300  - 400  deformed pine trees. These trees are bent at an angle of approximately 90 į to about 20 cm above the ground, and some curvature reaches a height of 3 m. The total height reaches about 11-12 m. They were planted in the 30s Twentieth century  (probably in 1932 ).
The most popular theory is that the trees have been so shaped by the deliberate activities of people who worked on them so special. krzywulce for carpentry and / or a boat builder, such as building furniture , boat, sleigh , etc.
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footfootfoot Tuesday Oct 4 09:31 AM
Where's my Alphorn post?
jimhelm Tuesday Oct 4 12:13 PM
could they all have been knocked flat during that blast that hit western russia back then? wasn't there some kind of big explosion or meteor strike back then around there?
edit: no, too early and too far away
Spexxvet Tuesday Oct 4 01:09 PM
Originally Posted by Brianna
Wombat Tuesday Oct 4 06:57 PM
Just a big gust of wind. Snap the sapling's trunks just above ground level, with enough wood intact that the sapling survives.
ZenGum Wednesday Oct 5 08:37 AM
Or pushed over or squashed with the intent to destroy, but not enough effort.
After the 2003 Canberra fires, there was a pic in the paper (can't find it on google) of a place in a pine plantation that had copped a huge blast of heat and sustained winds well over 100 kph. The saplings - about 1.5 meters tall - had been bent over almost 60 degrees, and had frozen there when the heat faded but the wind continued. I presume they all died from the heat but it was damn weird and creepy.
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