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Extreme Antarctic Winds Shape Trees Into Beautiful Forms on Slope Point, New Zealand
Bored Panda ^ | November 14, 2013

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 Zealand’s South Island. It lies 4800 km (2982 mi) from the South Pole and 5100 km (3168 mi) from the equator, so it’s 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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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: antarctic; deformedtrees; nature; newzealand; trees; wind
Amazing.
1 posted on 11/17/2013 9:27:49 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Sounds like a great place for windmill erections. (the ecowackos know what that means. LOL!)


2 posted on 11/17/2013 9:30:40 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Natural shelter.


3 posted on 11/17/2013 9:32:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Pan_Yan
This is what a Storm Surge looks like - Super Typhoon Haiyan Philippines
4 posted on 11/17/2013 9:32:52 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: Pan_Yan; shaggy eel; DieHard the Hunter

ping


5 posted on 11/17/2013 9:37:10 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Pan_Yan

Awesome article find. Amazing.


6 posted on 11/17/2013 9:39:12 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11) Hey, Harry Reid.. 1-800-318-2596!)
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To: Pan_Yan

As an Australian, I must admit, I envy the Kiwis for the bounty of scenic beauty they enjoy.


7 posted on 11/17/2013 9:39:54 AM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: ColdOne

Bored Panda is a great site. They have lots of good stuff like this.


8 posted on 11/17/2013 9:41:01 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Pan_Yan

I see that. I just went to the home page I will bookmark for sure.


9 posted on 11/17/2013 9:49:18 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11) Hey, Harry Reid.. 1-800-318-2596!)
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To: Pan_Yan

A beautiful corner of the Shire.


10 posted on 11/17/2013 9:52:55 AM PST by MUDDOG
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To: Pan_Yan

Cool, thanks.


11 posted on 11/17/2013 9:56:03 AM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: Pan_Yan

Very cool! But why does each photo remind me of Don King?


12 posted on 11/17/2013 9:59:19 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Pan_Yan

It reminds me of the trees in Aruba


13 posted on 11/17/2013 9:59:53 AM PST by HollyB
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Divi trees


14 posted on 11/17/2013 10:01:27 AM PST by HollyB
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To: Pan_Yan
Beautiful! We didn't see these trees when we went to the south island of New Zealand and visited a museum with info about the South Pole. Pretty neat, I would have loved to have seen them!

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.

15 posted on 11/17/2013 10:04:13 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter
Beautifully macabre images !


Unfortunately for this thread, one of the sidebar photo lists had this ...
The aftermath of a Princeton sophomor vs junior snowball fight

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16 posted on 11/17/2013 10:34:56 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Pan_Yan

There are similar trees along I-10 in the general area of the windmill farm near Palm Springs.


17 posted on 11/17/2013 10:35:34 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Pan_Yan
I like the use of the natural windbreak in this photo:


18 posted on 11/17/2013 10:37:08 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Pan_Yan

Wow


19 posted on 11/17/2013 10:40:58 AM PST by Richard from IL
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To: Rebelbase

i thought NZ was a lot farther south. 46 degrees is about the sam distance south as Maine is north of the equator


20 posted on 11/17/2013 10:46:46 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Berlin_Freeper

wow. not a place for rubber boats thats for sure


21 posted on 11/17/2013 10:47:51 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Pan_Yan

From my perspective, that’s a nice, warm, calm predictable climate at a low elevation. Looks comfortable and arable. So sheep can live without shelter there. That’s something. Here, last night, 100+ mph gusts from various westerly directions with temps below 20 F and a little spraying ice. No trees here. Before long, it will be way below 0 with windy days most of the time. Many days with gusts over 80 mph and a few each winter with gusts over 100 carrying the spraying ice.


22 posted on 11/17/2013 10:58:04 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: beebuster2000

There’s nothing between Antarctica and NZ but open ocean.


23 posted on 11/17/2013 11:05:04 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Pan_Yan

That sign is a little off. In Google Earth I get latitude and longitude of 46 40 30 S and 169 00 07 E . Well, who knows, right?

But I also measured the distances and got 5171 and 4831, vs.
5140 and 4803 on the sign. The polar circumference is 40008, which I hit on the nose with Google Earth, finding 10002 for one quarter of it. Honestly, I did not have this number in mind when I made the measurements! The sign values add to 9943, of course.

Only after I looked it up did I recall that the original definition of the meter was the distance from the north pole to the equator, through Paris, of course!

BTW, this latitude corresponds almost exactly to Duluth, MN, mutatis mutandis.

Also BTW, when I was dragging the GE “ruler” to the south pole, I went directly through New Zealand’s Scott Base, adjacent to McMurdo Station.


24 posted on 11/17/2013 11:12:52 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: Ditter
"There used to be a grove of oak trees on the Texas coast in the vicinity of Rockport and Fulton that looked like this."

(Ahem)

Between Rockport and Fulton, Texas…

"This part of the Texas coastline also features large windswept mottes of live oaks. The beauty of each tree has been slowly shaped and carved by the prevailing winds along this part of the coastline. Though short in stature and bent by the wind they still hold for us a unique stately grace."

25 posted on 11/17/2013 11:20:53 AM PST by blam
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To: Ditter
Wind shaped oak trees - Picture of Rockport, Texas Gulf Coast
This photo of Rockport is courtesy of TripAdvisor.
26 posted on 11/17/2013 11:29:58 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
Thank you so much blam! They look a little more cared for than I remembered but that is good. My parents retired to Rockport and then both of them died in 1984, I haven't been back since.
27 posted on 11/17/2013 1:06:16 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Rebelbase

Beautiful.


28 posted on 11/17/2013 1:20:53 PM PST by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: dr_lew
But I also measured the distances and got 5171 and 4831, vs. 5140 and 4803 on the sign. The polar circumference is 40008, which I hit on the nose with Google Earth, finding 10002 for one quarter of it. Honestly, I did not have this number in mind when I made the measurements! The sign values add to 9943, of course.

I was trying to account for this discrepancy, and I did find that if the correct values in miles were converted to kilometers using a factor of 1.6 instead of the more correct 1.60934, we should recover the correct sum in kilometers by multiplying 9943 by 1.60934/1.6, and in fact this comes to 10001.04, so I'm gonna say that's it and call it a day.

29 posted on 11/18/2013 1:23:20 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: Pan_Yan
Meanwhile in Rockport, TX ...


30 posted on 11/18/2013 9:22:31 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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