Viral video: Creepy video of a forest breathing has Twitter freaking out, here’s the science behind it

Viral video: Creepy video of a forest breathing has Twitter freaking out, here’s the science behind it

The bizarre movement of the ground is a result of strong winds that have enough force to move trees and topsoil.

Ever heard of a forest breathing? Well, a creepy video has surfaced on the internet which shows a dense forest rising and falling as if it’s actually breathing like a human being. The eerie footage of a ‘heaving’ forest has baffled millions of social media users, who are scratching their heads looking for a possible reason behind the bizarre phenomenon. No, this mysterious force is not because of some earthquake, magic or any special effect. It’s simply, the wind!

Viral video: Creepy video of a forest breathing has Twitter freaking out, here’s the science behind it
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Sharing the video, a Twitter page called Science, Space & Nature wrote, ”The breathing Forest. This is a result of a excess space under a trees root system and strong winds. The wind blows the trees above ground & pull the trees root systems back & forth causing this phenomenon. I would sh*t my pants if I saw this and had no idea what was going on.”

Baffled twitteratis responded as saying:

Viral video: Creepy video of a forest breathing has Twitter freaking out, here’s the science behind it
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So what’s the exact reason?

The video going viral is actually an old video from 2018, which has surfaced on the internet again. According to previous reports, the clip was taken in a forest in Sacre-Coeur, Quebec, Canada and is actually an illusion created by air. The bizarre movement of the ground is a result of strong winds that have enough force to move trees and topsoil.

”When you look at the trees in the background, it’s clear that the winds were very strong. The forest floor seems to be moss covered, which leaves a lot of the root system of younger trees lodged in a loose medium. As the wind sways the trees, you get the roots lifting the floor. This gives the appearance of ‘breathing,” Mark Sirois of the Southern Quebec Severe Weather Network, told Time.

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