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#1)  The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby edfrank » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:26 pm

The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji  
Centuries-old bridges, grown from tangled roots
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In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren't built—they're grown.

The southern Khasi and Jaintia hills are humid and warm, crisscrossed by swift-flowing rivers and mountain streams. On the slopes of these hills, a species of Indian rubber tree with an incredibly strong root system thrives and flourishes.

The Ficus elastica produces a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk and can comfortably perch atop huge boulders along the riverbanks, or even in the middle of the rivers themselves. The War-Khasis, a tribe in Meghalaya, long ago noticed this tree and saw in its powerful roots an opportunity to easily cross the area's many rivers. Now, whenever and wherever the need arises, they simply grow their bridges.   continued...


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#2)  Re: The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby jamesrobertsmith » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:40 pm

That is amazing. Looks like something out of a fantasy novel.

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#3)  Re: The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby James Parton » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:02 pm

I thought " Avatar "!!
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#4)  Re: The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby Joe » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:43 am

James Parton wrote:I thought " Avatar "!!


ah, Avatar- just reminding me of that movie made my day!

Hey Bob L., if you're reading this, you still haven't see it, have you?
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#5)  Re: The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby James Parton » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:10 am

Joe wrote:
James Parton wrote:I thought " Avatar "!!


ah, Avatar- just reminding me of that movie made my day!

Hey Bob L., if you're reading this, you still haven't see it, have you?
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#6)  Re: The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby dbhguru » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:06 am

James and Joe,

   Yes, I finally saw it, but in 2-D. I'm sure I missed a lot. I thought the graphics were dazzling, but the story to be on the lightweight side. Sorry for being a killjoy. Basically, I'm not an action film fan. There is only so many zooms, swishes, whams, kabooms, etc. that I can absorb, before I shut down. I like greater character development and conversation and less gratuitous action. Still, I acknowledge the accomplishments of the film and appreciate its message.

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#7)  Re: The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby Joe » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:11 am

dbhguru wrote:James and Joe,

   Yes, I finally saw it, but in 2-D. I'm sure I missed a lot. I thought the graphics were dazzling, but the story to be on the lightweight side. Sorry for being a killjoy. Basically, I'm not an action film fan. There is only so many zooms, swishes, whams, kabooms, etc. that I can absorb, before I shut down. I like greater character development and conversation and less gratuitous action. Still, I acknowledge the accomplishments of the film and appreciate its message.

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Bob, next time it's around, be sure to watch it in 3-D, that's what it's all about- it's to make you feel like you're really there, even if it is a bit juvenile.
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#8)  Re: The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby James Parton » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:01 am

Bob,

Yeah, the character development does fall short of masterpieces like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the plot is simpler but I still found it very enjoyable.

I have the 2D DVD here at home but the 3D one in theaters was stunning. When hometree burned it looked as if you could reach out and pluck the falling ash in the air only two inches from your nose. It was that good!

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#9)  Re: The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby Lucas » Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:56 pm

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Just incredible.
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#10)  Re: The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Postby Joe » Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:26 am

I just saw on Netflix, a video called Wild India which showed some of these "organic" bridges.

Regarding Avatar, the latest is that the director is going to produce 3 new Avatar films and release them in the same year. I can't wait. I think I'll have to drag Bob to one of these- a 3D version!
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