Hyderabad: A video showing that the forest is breathing in the Quebec City of Canada has been going viral on social media.

It was first tweeted by artist Daniel Holland in October 2018, after which the video went viral.

In the video, it seems like the land is throbbing, which makes us feel like the forest is breathing.  But is the forest really breathing?

Fact Check:

No, the forest land is not breathing as claimed by many in social media. It is a trait of a tree to pull a land when torrent winds try to uproot it.

“No, the forest is not breathing. Trees are holding the ground like a mat. Winds are pushing trees and which in return are pulling the ground and then releasing,” said Indian Forest Service officer, Praveen Kaswan.

Similar videos of other forests were also widely circulated. In 2011 a video from Finland went viral. The video showed the forest land is breathing. It happened during the Boxing Day storm in Finland.

The phenomenon was also explained by David Bressan in an article that how due to the movement of trees, it looks like forest land is breathing. “During a storm the ground becomes saturated with water, reducing the soil’s cohesion. As strong winds move the top of the tree, the force is transferred by the stem, acting as a lever, to the roots and the ground begins to move,” David Bressan wrote in  Forbes.

Hence the claim that forest land is breathing is FALSE. It is just a natural occurrence during storms.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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