The Tree That Just Won't Die - Even Though It's Hanging Over a Cliff By Its Roots


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The Tree of Life in Olympic National Park in Washington is attached to the edge of a large void by a few roots. Many of the large tree's roots can be seen dangling and exposed, with a large cave having formed underneath. The natural growth still sprouts fresh green leaves every spring despite its roots having very little contact with soil.

Nestled in the Olympic National Park in Washington is a tree that appears to defy the laws of gravity. 

Hanging on for dear life, the Tree of Life is stretched over a large void and has managed to attach in place by a few tough tendrils of root. 

The surprising growth has resulted from the cliff slowly eroding over time, but despite this the giant tree continues to thrive.

Many of the tree's roots can be seen dangling and exposed, with a large cave having formed underneath. 

The hollowed area, commonly known as Tree Root Cave, is said to have been caused by a stream that flows to the Kalaloch beach at the base of the growth. 

The incredible tree still manages to sprout fresh green leaves every spring despite its roots having very little contact with soil.

And even though a number of storms hit the coastal area, it it hasn't toppled over and has remained resilient. 

Although it doesn't have an official name, it is commonly known as The Tree of Life and The Runaway Tree.

The hanging tree is not the only one that has managed to thrive in unusual circumstances. 

Another Tree of Life has been baffling tourists for years - this time in Bahrain. 

The Unesco-protected tree is approximately 400 years old. It is situated in the desert and is the only tree growing for miles around despite there being no clear water supply. 

It is thought its deep root systems account for its unusual reach of water, although the tree still remains a mystery. 

The Crooked Forest of Gryfino in Poland is also a natural marvel featuring bizarre curved tree trunks.

In addition to this, the Silk Cotton Trees of Ta Prohm in Cambodia are a fascinating sight to see, with the large roots entwined round the stunning temple. 


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