Monday, September 12, 2011

The Living Bridges of Cherrapunji

The village of Cherrapunji, located in the state of Meghalaya, in India is known as the wettest place in the world due to the elevation and torrential monsoons.

The village is also known for its “Living Bridges.” Amazingly, the villagers have constructed a system of bridges using living trees, roots and vines. Over a period of years—often decades!—they train tree roots along hollowed out betel-nut tree trunks, crossing spans, and rejoining soil on the opposite side. Once the bridges are ready for use, the villagers put dirt and stepping stones on the bridge for easier passage. It is said that the bridges can hold up to fifty people.

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