100 Interesting Facts about Forests

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76Bamboo Blossoms

Bamboo blossoms grow only once in every 120 years and when it does the entire bamboo forest dies.

77. Near-surface fires (like a campfire)can catch and burn underground for years, destroying the complex root systems of trees. In addition, these fires can pop up in places miles from its origin and cause a forest fire.

78. A Japanese plane, launched from a submarine in World War 2, bombed the US mainland in Oregon in an attempt to ignite a forest fire. The pilot returned in 1962 to make amends.

79. The oldest known living organism is an 80,000-year-old tree that looks like an entire forest.

80. There is a multiplayer game called 'The Endless Forest' in which the player is a deer in a peaceful forest without goals or the ability to chat.

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Once considered to be a mythical creature just like the unicorn, the Okapi is a short-necked cousin of the giraffe and lives in the rain forest.

82. There was a massive residential scheme that failed in Florida leaving a massive system of canals and barren roads that you can easily see in Google Maps that is now called Picayune Strand State Forest.

83. A National Geographic researcher got lost in a rain forest in Borneo. He found an orangutan being rehabilitated by his camp, which safely guided him back.

84. Forest fires can create lightning

85. Some baboons use birth control. Female baboons in the Nigerian rainforest make seasonal use of the African black plum to increase progesterone levels, which halts their reproductive cycles.

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86Forest fire

In 1993, the state of Idaho billed a retired couple $1.3 million dollars to put out a forest fire that was ignited when a car towed by the couple's RV blew a tire and caught fire, with the sparks and burning debris left along the road for eight miles until they noticed a problem.

87. Madagascar's "protected" rosewood forests (some of the earth's last hardwood) are being cut down for Chinese furniture and musical instruments.

88. The world's first helicopter attack on armored targets was carried out by Nazi Germany during the Battle of the Bulge when a squadron of 5 FI-282 B2's knocked out two American tanks in the Ardennes Forest.

89. Scalesia pedunculata, a member of the daisy family found in the Galapagos Archipelago. Since it is difficult for trees to colonize isolated volcanic islands like the Galapagos, this plant has evolved a treelike form (growing up to 66 ft tall) and spreads across the islands in large forests.

90. According to a flat earth theory our forests are not "real", thousands of years ago, 99% of the Earth’s biosphere were destroyed, and the real forests were taken away. Real trees were hundreds of kilometers tall, magical organisms that sustained a total living ecology of the flat earth.

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Orangutan means the person of the forests in Malay.

92. The Aokigahara forest in Japan is a place where hundreds of people go to and continue to go to for the sole purpose of committing suicide.

93. During the Cretaceous period (145 - 100 million years ago), Earth's climate was so warm that there were no polar ice caps, and forests probably extended all the way to the South Pole. Local plants and dinosaurs evolved to live in continuous sunlight in the summer and darkness in the winter.

94. There is a forest (Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve) in India, which glows in the dark during the rainy seasons

95. The United States Government owns 63.8% of Idaho and nearly 40% of the state is designated national forest.

96Fossilized Forest

In Brazil, there is an entire forest made of fossilized plants that lived over 200 million years ago.

97. There is a medieval forest preserved at the bottom of Fallen Leaf Lake due effects of a centuries-long Sierra Nevada megadrought

98. There's a small population of wallabies living in a French forest.

99. In the 1960's the USA planned to test deadly nerve gas (VX and Sarin) on 200 Australian soldiers by bombing a chosen site in a Queensland forest. The plan was eventually vetoed by Aus PM.

100. The Sahara desert fertilizes the Amazon rain forest with phosphorous from ancient lake beds



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