RANGTHYLLIANG 12

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RIVER/STREAM: WAH PYNURSLA
LENGTH: 52.7 m
WIDTH AT CP: 1 m
HEIGHT AT CP: 4 m
GPS: N25.30359 E91.87199
ALTITUDE: 421 m
SR: 4
NOTES: This exceptional structure is the longest root bridge I’ve visited so far. It consists of two sections, though they are both formed from the same, exceedingly large, ficus elastica tree. In using the bridge, one remains suspended above the ground over a 53-meter distance. The structure also includes a small living root ramp on the northern side of the eastern span. The roots that make up the main elements of the bridge are both very long and very thick, indicating an unusually old structure. As of 2016, the structural soundness of the primary roots appeared to be variable. Several of the roots were still strong and, given their size and, presumably, strength, would be very difficult to dislodge. However, some of the other roots were dead and were rotting, calling into question the health of the tree as a whole. Heavy latex extraction damage was visible in many places on the structure, however none of it looked recent. There is reason to believe that the bridge has been damaged multiple times in floods. It is likely that certain parts of the bridge will fail while others will survive for a significant period of time. The Pynursla river is very polluted in this area, and large amounts of garbage was evident.
NOTE: PLEASE GO TO ANALYTICS AND ANALYSIS (APRIL 2017 DRAFT) FOR METHODOLOGIES. LR PROJECT DESIGNATION DOES NOT REFLECT LOCAL NAME.

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