Living Root Bridge, Mawlylong, Meghalaya.

November 24, 2017
contest: "Wood and Life" Environment category
$ 4800
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- Diana Raj Kumari
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The single-decker root bridge at Mawlynong, Meghalaya, India. It is a tangle of massive thick roots, which have been intertwined to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time. Khasi people have somehow acquired the knowledge to grow such bridges across the raised banks of streams to form a solid bridge, made from roots. The living roots are those of the Ficus elastica tree, which produces a series of secondary roots that are perched atop huge boulders along the streams or the riverbanks to form bridges. This bridge is over a hundred feet long, and strong enough to support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. It took around 10 to 15 yrs to become functional and it is alive and still growing and gaining strength over time.
Indeed a unique sight to behold.

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