The Crooked Forest in Poland is home to one of the biggest mysteries in nature: a grove of about four hundred pine trees with trunks bent and twisted at mind boggling angles. The weirdest part of these unique trees is whether or not it is a natural phenomenon or if it was done purposely by man, and if the latter, what was the purpose? Scientists and layman alike have spent decades trying to sort it out.
This strange copse of trees is less than a century old, and was planted (as opposed to having occurred naturally). Originating in (at the time) Germany in the 1930s, it is possible that the trees were deliberately deformed in infancy to be used as curved construction material (perhaps for furniture). A more sinister explanation ties the trees to a Nazi experiment, though for unknown purposes. To date there has been no explanation of how the trees were actually deformed this way.
The Crooked Forest is home to only about four hundred trees dating from the 1930s. Most of these exhibit the odd, curvature deformaties. There are also straight trees in the forest as well as typical undergrowth.
The Crooked Forest, now located within the borders of Poland, is an oddity that attracts local daytrippers as well as the scientifically curious. Trying to discern what caused the strange growth is a popular pastime in the region. Web: www.gryfino.pl (official Website).
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