The 7 Strangest Forests Around the Globe
Aside from the sea, forests cover a modest portion of the world (approximately 9.4%). Though, the startling fact is that they once covered over 50%.
Many people when they think of forests, they think of trees. While they are essentially made-up of them, forests embody a wider range of nature, including plants, bacteria, fungi, insects, animals as well as nutrient cycling. Considering the cut to forests over the years, we’re still lucky enough to enjoy the tranquility of a forest.
In this article, we’ll be looking at the stranger side of forests. There are many across the globe that have become famous for their intricate agriculture and spooky stories. So, with that in mind, here are 7 of the strangest forests I’ve come across.
The Crooked Forest
The forest gets its name from the twisted trees that litter the landscape. The trees resemble pine trees that have been bent out of shape, all of which are located outside the village of Nowe Czarnowo, Poland.
Within the forest, 400 trees span across the land. The trees grow with a 90 degree bend, making them quite the interesting find!
The trees are bent towards the north, and the rest of the forest is made up of normal, straight-growing pines. They surround the bent trees, which were planted between 1925-1935 when the area was still inside the German province of Pomerania.
North Sentinel Island
Located in one of the Andaman Islands, the North Sentinel Island is home to one of the most unique forests on the globe. Being surrounded by coral reefs and lacking any areas for harbours, this island never saw Europeans settle, or deforest the area. Due to this island being untouched by humankind, the island is covered in trees and shrubbery, with some areas shrouded in old growth. This isn’t a small island either, with it spanning across a massive 27.8 square miles, and due to its isolation, it homes the Sentinelese, the last pre-Neolithic tribe.
Ancient Wuda Forest
February 2012 saw scientists in northern China claim that they had finished reconstructing an ancient forest that had been submerged under a thick layer of volcanic ash close to Wuda, Mongolia.
The forest (spanning over 12 miles) was completely preserved after a volcano erupted 298 million years ago, masking lava and ash over the ancient forest. It is claimed to be reminiscent of the destruction of Pompeii in A.D. 79. The eruption left a thick layer of ash around 40 inches thick all over the forest, with the blast also ripping down trees and ultimately burying the forest.
Sea of Trees
You may have heard of this forest, considering it’s arguably the most famous forest in the world, for some scary reasons. Located at the base of Mount Fuji, Japan, the forest contains many hidden caverns and giant trees which lure-in thrill seekers.
The forest itself is incredibly thick and dense, meaning that the only light seen in there are occasional sunbeams which pass through the thick shrubbery. The forest has been depicted in the film ‘The Forest’ as the forest itself has many haunting stories circulating about it, most notably the amount of people that enter the forest to commit suicide. In fact, there are no reliable statistics for the amount of suicides taken, though 2004 saw 108 bodies found within the forest.
Trillemarka – Rollagsfjell Forest
Spanning over 57 square miles, this forest, first found in Norway was created in December of 2002. Rollagsfjell holds the last ancient wilderness forests of Norway and captures the original qualities of Norway. This includes rivers, lakes, valleys and of course, trees. It also houses 93 red list and endangered species.
Dark Entry Forest
Known as the Village of the Dammed, Dudley town is a ghost town in Cornwall Connecticut. Founded as a small settlement during the 1740s, it was a thriving community by the 18th century, primarily due to its iron industry.
Despite the positive growth in its community, it was blighted by people claiming to have seen unexplained sightings, murders and mass suicides. Even stranger, people noticed their cattle regularly went missing in the town at the same time as these murders.