A video seems to show a forest “breathing” – What’s that about?
That’s the video:
This would really disturb me if I was wandering through these woods until I figured out it was just the wind moving the root balls.
Gepostet von Trevor Shpeley am Sonntag, 21. Oktober 2018
It’s a little bit uncanny: What’s beneath this forest? A lung?
Is the video real?
This is no CGI! What you see has actually been filmed. First posted by „We love Nova Scotia„ it’s already been deleted. But several other people have published the video again.
What is happening there?
The name of the original poster has a clue: It’s from the forests of Nova Scotia, a Canadian province. According to the Independent the original poster said he adored nature’s beauty. According to the „Weather Network“ the video had been filmed on the 16th october 2018 in Sacre-Coeur in The Quebec province.
But: The “breathing forest” is just an optical illusion! As you can see, there’s a very strong wind. During rainfalls and because of the roots of smaller trees being loosened up the ground gives away. That way the wind actually manages to blow under the surface and thus pushing the mat of roots and plants up.
That won’t work with every forest, but it’s more common with spruce trees, because they have a more disc-like root systems.
It’s a real video with a fascinating optical illusion of a “breathing forest”. It’s actually a very cool natural phenomenon. Here’s a more thorough explanation: