Skip to comments.Extreme Antarctic Winds Shape Trees Into Beautiful Forms on Slope Point, New Zealand
Posted on 11/17/2013 9:27:48 AM PST by Pan_Yan
As wonderful and useful as our modern technologies are, there are still plenty of places in this world where Mother Nature rules supreme. One such place is Slope Point in New Zealand.
Slope Point is the southernmost tip of New Zealands South Island. It lies 4800 km (2982 mi) from the South Pole and 5100 km (3168 mi) from the equator, so its regularly exposed to unimaginable weather conditions. The air stream loops that travel over the Southern Ocean uninterrupted for 3200 km (2000 mi) make landfall at Slope Point, making for consistently extreme winds. And yet, even in this uniquely harsh environment, extraordinary beauty can be found.
The extreme winds that batter Slope Point are so strong and consistent that the trees that grow there are molded into strangely and beautifully twisted forms. The trees themselves would not exist there if not for the sheep farmers that live nearby. Although Slope Point itself is almost uninhabited and is only reachable my foot, nearby farmers sheep graze there. The farmers raised small groves of hardy trees to offer their livestock some respite from the strong winds.
Writer Trevor Cree described the area like this: It is not a wind that will necessarily break and snap at will, although clearly it can, it is its sheer relentlessness, like a gnawing toothache, that never ceases until total submission from the victim is achieved.
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Sounds like a great place for windmill erections. (the ecowackos know what that means. LOL!)
Awesome article find. Amazing.
As an Australian, I must admit, I envy the Kiwis for the bounty of scenic beauty they enjoy.
Bored Panda is a great site. They have lots of good stuff like this.
I see that. I just went to the home page I will bookmark for sure.
A beautiful corner of the Shire.
Very cool! But why does each photo remind me of Don King?
It reminds me of the trees in Aruba
There used to be a grove of oak trees on the Texas coast in the vicinity of Rockport and Fulton that looked like this.
I haven't been down to Rockport in years so I don't know if they are still there, it would be a shame if they are not there.
Unfortunately for this thread, one of the sidebar photo lists had this ...
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There are similar trees along I-10 in the general area of the windmill farm near Palm Springs.
i thought NZ was a lot farther south. 46 degrees is about the sam distance south as Maine is north of the equator
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