Dancing Forest

Curonian Spit Dancing Forest is a unique natural phenomenon where trees are twisted in a bizarre way. The first pines were planted in the early 60s of XX century. However, the anomalies have appeared only lately. The forest itself was set to keep the uniqueness of the Curonian Spit. Forest soil is composed primarily of sand that covered with a thin layer that had been forming for many decades.


Why trees are twisted in different shapes?

Today, the pines are twisted in odd postures and circles, as though they are dancing.  The reasons for this phenomenon are not finalized, but there are some speculations about it:

  • wind impact
  • insects (tortrix) attacking the small pines for the last 20 years
  • damaged shoots
  • unstable sandy soil
  • and even “turbulent energy circulation”.

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