Silver River, Low Water, Cypress Roots!

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Larry Tucei
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Re: Silver River, Low Water, Cypress Roots!

Post by Larry Tucei » Fri May 10, 2013 8:50 pm

JRS- I see alot of Cypress but have not seen a root system like that. Even when the water levels are low in the river or swamp. I don't recall seeing one like that. I think that would be consided unusual. Very cool! Larry

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Re: Silver River, Low Water, Cypress Roots!

Post by Joe » Sat May 11, 2013 5:56 am

I wonder if it will do any permanent damage?
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Re: Silver River, Low Water, Cypress Roots!

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Sat May 11, 2013 6:01 am

These picket-fence roots might have something to do with the fact that the current on the Silver River is pretty darned swift. Something like 3.5 miles per hour. I saw them on several of the cypress trees that stand at the edge of the river. But none farther away from the river.

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Re: Silver River, Low Water, Cypress Roots!

Post by Jess Riddle » Sun May 19, 2013 3:30 pm

JRS, All;

This looks like a typical cypress root system that has been exposed by erosion then revealed by low water. Cypress roots (aside from knees) won’t grow in air or water, so most of what you see formed in soil. The migration of the river then eroded away the soil revealing these fantastic structures. I would bet that most of these trees trees are on the outside of river bends, because that is where most erosion occurs.

It’s neat to get a glimpse into this normal hidden part of the world of trees.

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Re: Silver River, Low Water, Cypress Roots!

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Sun May 19, 2013 3:39 pm

That sounds like the most logical explanation.

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