Meghalaya Bridges


Deep in the rainforests of the Indian state of Meghalaya lie some of the  most extraordinary pieces of civil engineering in the world. Here, in  the depths of the forest, bridges aren’t built - they’re grown. Ancient  tree vines and roots stretch across rivers and streams, creating a solid  latticework structure that appears too fantastical to be real. The  Cherrapunji region is considered to be one of the wettest places on the  planet and this is the reason behind the unusual bridges. With  Cherrapunji receiving around 15 metres of rain per year, a normal wooden  bridge would quickly rot. This is why, 500 years ago, locals began to  guide roots and vines from the native Ficus Elastica rubber tree across  rivers using hollow bamboo until they became rooted on the opposite  side.

What a cool picture huh? These are actual bridges that locals (sorta) built about 500 years ago in the Cherrapunji region of India. They guided the roots and vines across the rivers with hollow bamboo until they rooted on the other side. Bonus question: Who can guess what that creature is at the bottom of the picture? It looks like a dirty polar bear to me.

image via the telegraph

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