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The strange Cook pine trees that always lean towards the equator

WOW...... Is this for real?

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Owlscrying
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Cook pines are towering trees that were once restricted to their native home of New Caledonia, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Through cultivation, they have taken root across tropical, subtropical and temperate regions around the world.

The trees often have slightly tilting trunks. Scientists have now noted a bizarre pattern in their tilt: they lean south in their northern range and north in their southern range.

Matt Ritter at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo was writing up a description of the Cook pine (Araucaria columnaris) for a book on the urban trees of California when he realised that the pines always leaned south. So he rang up a colleague in Australia to see if that was the case there. It turned out it was – but this time the pines leaned north.

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Unread post Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:57 am

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Nature's Leaning Tower of Pisa: these Cook pines always lean towards the equator.

On average Cook pines, which are native to New Caledonia, tilt by 8.55 degrees.

 
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Most trees grow vertically straight, but under challenging conditions where individuals have to compete for light, or when mechanical stress is intense, trees may grow at an angle.

 
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Unread post Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:47 am

Owlscrying wrote:
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:57 am
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Nature's Leaning Tower of Pisa: these Cook pines always lean towards the equator.

On average Cook pines, which are native to New Caledonia, tilt by 8.55 degrees.

 

Oh wow, how neat are those?

Good for climbing too, when you're pretty useless at it (As I always was) :grin:

Edit: interesting in the video she mentions the house plants leaning towards the sun and similarity.. and how they all lean towards the equator .. the further they are.. the more they lean. Learn something new everyday as they say :coolpic:

Thanks for sharing Owl.
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