The Crooked Forest

In Poland there is a small forest of pine trees that grow with a bend in the middle of their trunk and no one knows why. They kind of look like a cartoon tree that is trying to avoid being chopped down, bending whenever the lumber jack swings his ax.

In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks - all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or "Crooked Forest," is a mystery.


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I didn't read the article but I agree with E-star that this can be caused by trauma, and not just to smaller trees. I've seen a relatively older pine tree that was affected by severe cold and heavy ice causing it to bend at a 90 degree angle. Following the thaw the tree remained at that angle without a curving of the trunk and continued to grow outward at that angle.
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