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MINDBLOWING27 Amazing ‘Crown Shyness’ That You Need To See

Maureen SantosAugust 18, 2017406639 min

Have you heard about crown shyness?

Crown shyness is a phenomenon observed in some tree species, in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with channel-like gaps. The phenomenon is most prevalent among trees of the same species, but also occurs between trees of different species.

The next time you’re out walking through the forest, take a moment to look above you and you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Check out these incredible pictures to see what we mean. The naturally occurring phenomenon is called “crown shyness” because the uppermost branches of certain tree species don’t like to touch one another. The intriguing behavior was first observed in the 1920s, and various hypotheses have been presented since then in an attempt to explain it. Some believe it occurs to reduce the spread of harmful insects. Others believe that trees are attempting to protect one another’s branches from getting cracked and broken in the wind, and it’s also been suggested that “crown shyness” happens so that trees can optimize light exposure in order to maximize the process of photosynthesis. Despite these various theories however, nobody knows for sure why this phenomenon occurs, but it serves to remind us of just how awesome mother nature can be. Scroll down for some of our favorite pictures, and don’t forget to vote for the best. (h/t: colossal)

Maureen Santos

She lets everyone become aware of what is happening to our beloved planet Earth and its inhabitants. She can take you beyond the space and find out how neighbor planets are doing. Moreover, she would open your eyes to the things what makes the Earth suffer including the living species and allow you to decide what you can do to help save the planet and the future generation.

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