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Bizarre clip shows Quebec forest 'breathing'

Posted on Wednesday, 24 October, 2018 | Comment icon 5 comments

Is the forest really 'breathing' ? Image Credit: YouTube / The Weather Network / Tonie
This remarkable video footage shows the forest floor moving up and down as though breathing in and out.
The clip, which went viral after being posted on Twitter by user Daniel Holland, was reportedly filmed in Canada and was originally submitted to The Weather Network by a viewer named Tonie.

"The ground looks like it's breathing in this Quebec forest," Holland wrote.

Sure enough, the moss-covered ground can be seen undulating in a very peculiar fashion, almost as though the forest itself is inhaling and exhaling.

As it turns out however, the clip does have a rather mundane explanation.

"During a rain and windstorm event the ground becomes saturated, 'loosening' the soil's cohesion with the roots as the wind is blowing on a tree's crown," arborist Mark Vanderwouw told The Weather Network.

"The wind is trying to 'push' the trees over, and as the force is transferred to the roots, the ground begins to 'heave'. If the winds were strong enough and lasted long enough more roots would start to break and eventually some of the trees would topple."

Source: IFL Science | Comments (5)

Tags: Forest, Breathing

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem on 24 October, 2018, 10:53
Thats pretty cool but would scare the crap out of you if you were just walking by at the time its starts breathing..
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog on 24 October, 2018, 13:45
Lost a 60ft fir last weekend from wind. We got quite some good draft in Quebec last week !
Comment icon #3 Posted by UFOwatcher on 24 October, 2018, 14:50
I've seen this before. Interesting but I would get the heck out of there before something falls on my bald head.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 on 24 October, 2018, 14:50
I can only imagine how this phenomena would have effected people in previous eras...And the non-science minded today. It'd be amazing and freaky to see in person, for sure.
Comment icon #5 Posted by curiouse on 30 October, 2018, 3:37
Mother Earth. Obviously a cave or gorge just under and or around the corner for the wind to get in and blow.  Like how blow hole works near an ocean?

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