Why You So Powerful, Nature? [Pic]

Submitted by: f0rk0 6 years ago in Science

This is a photo of a dead Sequoia tree--it washed up on the beach. How?
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Male 1,485
thats one massive tree
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Male 246
@Wendypants British "Colombia"?
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Male 114
My God that guy is tiny
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Male 163
is a red wood i bet
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Female 2,415
Is that British Colombia?
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Male 4,238
thats some money right there
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Female 1,264
And this is why nature is awesome.
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Male 150
I don`t know, maybe it came from the TREE COVERED HILL IN THE BACKGROUND. hur dur dur hur dur hur dur hur dur.
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Male 260
Your pansy drift wood pales in comparison to the might of DRIFT TREE.

(And now for something completely different)
Imagine if you felt that below your feet during high tide O_O. And wouldn`t the top of the tree, if intact, look much cooler?
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Male 69
dude imagine if that tree was still standing................. can you say ultimate treehouse????
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Male 342
here`s a beach, and here`s a very large tree. my work here is done.
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Male 3,619
looks like something Yoda would live in
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Male 91
wood floats people
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Male 5
NOHA! BUILD ME AN ARK 300 CUBITS LONG BY 50 CUBITS WIDE AND 30 CUBITS HIGH.
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Female 37
WOOOOOW *picks jaw up from the floor*
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Male 2,748
Wow.. Build a boat anyone?
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Male 2,220
Thats a big tree but Google lituya bay mega tsunami and it puts this lil matchstick in perspective.
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Male 2,376
@Tiredofnicks haha u have a picture of some douchebag on your desktop
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Male 5,094
Woooow. My new desktop background.
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Male 3,745
"if nature is so powerful, why did this tree fall over? YOUR MOVE NATURE"


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Male 6,693
Thats one big tree. You could live in that thing.
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Male 1,108
Ikeray, no I did not imply wood doesn`t float you [email protected] I suggested the sea must have been incredibly strong to bring that tree so far up.
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Male 79
Hey Tumour... Sounds like someones got sand in their vagina...
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Male 388
welcome to Pandora.
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Male 4,793
"How? There`s like 7 of them in the background and that hill looks like it washed out. One fell in the drink and washed back up after surfing for a few. nothing too post-worthy. This should be on some art website...not IAB. gtfo my internets."

Ooh somebody needs a tampon.
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Female 397
LMAO!
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Female 3,001
that is awesome
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Male 552
How? There`s like 7 of them in the background and that hill looks like it washed out. One fell in the drink and washed back up after surfing for a few. nothing too post-worthy. This should be on some art website...not IAB. gtfo my internets.
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Male 2,703
@handsompod

implying trees don`t float

see kairobert
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Male 684
tides, you cant explain that!

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Male 2,862
How? Because wood floats ....
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Male 1,153
its an optical illusion, that bloke is only half a foot tall
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Male 1,623
"I feel like this tree dislodged from a mudslide.......


"Thanks for the input councillor Troy.

OT:The waves the brought that in must have been truely massive, scary."

Waves + high tide probably. This must be low tide.
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Male 588
Whats that in the background?
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Male 1,108
[quote]I feel like this tree dislodged from a mudslide.......[/quote]

Thanks for the input councillor Troy.

OT:The waves the brought that in must have been truely massive, scary.
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Male 25,416
how, more like wow
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Male 2,332
That is one big tree ^^ I want one :3
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Male 69
"I feel like this tree dislodged from a mudslide and fell into the body of water. I mean even the roots are mostly intact..."

Errh, Sequoia trees have massive root systems.. it seems like it rotted through at the base and broke off into the ocean.
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Female 779
I feel like this tree dislodged from a mudslide and fell into the body of water. I mean even the roots are mostly intact...
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Male 237
@Djarum i love ruby beach
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Female 98
Sequoia trees are located in california... They`re right next to the ocean >.>
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Male 1,196
Wait??? aren`t sequoia trees (especially the big ones) not close to the ocean. it must have been aliens
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Male 148
i would have taken a chainsaw to the thinner parts of the tree and would have had some one make me a table or somepoo
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Male 307
Sort`a looks like Ruby Beach in WA. Fuqkloads of trees and logs on the beaches across the North West.
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Male 2,441
Those are crazy to see in person. Absolutely massive.
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Male 12,138
Hey, wood floats (with exceptions, such as waterlogged wood or extremely dense hardwood trees). Don`t be deceived by the size of the bastard. It`s all about density. A stick thrown in the river will float just as readily as a massive tree in the ocean. In fact, a little easier in the ocean due to the additional buoyancy from the salt content. It ain`t about how heavy it is.
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Female 4,420
that would look nice in my garden.
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Male 325
@freddyferret: You win.
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Male 11,739
Follow the footprints. They`ll lead you to Chuck Norris.
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Male 554
i think a better title would`ve been
"Damn nature, you scary!"
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Male 1,182
can i bring it home?
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Male 1,182
holy hell
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Male 2,121
@i-am-ninja Okay, sometimes trees don`t float. But this one obviously did.
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Male 17,511
Redwood floats on water, This specimen must`ve been washed up on shore during s storm.
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Male 142
@handimanner

weight has nothing to do with floating it`s the objects density

@danthew

not always trees can become water logged and do often. people harvest trees from bottoms of lakes and such for wood
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Male 1,587
You had that wrong, it moved the tree many times. I understand what your saying though.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Not really. If it can move a fraction of a gram kilometers, can`t it move several tons millimeters at a time?[/quote]

Not necessarily - the larger mass would have a far larger inertia.

Note that I`m not arguing that a sea couldn`t move a very large tree - I`ve already argued that it easily can. I`m arguing against your argument that because it can deposit small amounts of material many times it must be trivial for it to deposit an extremely large amount of material once.
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Male 299
I blame either Japan or the bay of Fundy (I think thats how you spell it)
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Male 2,147
Redwood is lighter than cedar, yet cedar trees float, they`re nautically called "deadheads"
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Male 1,523
Looks like World of Warcraft!
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Male 1,587
Not really. If it can move a fraction of a gram kilometers, can`t it move several tons millimeters at a time?
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Male 2,121
I think everyone has forgotten wood floats. Imagine a beached whale, now replace the whale with a drating huge tree. Problem solved.
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Male 5,189
o.o woah!
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Male 12,365
That`s irrelevant unless you`re arguing that the sea carried the tree in numerous smaller pieces and reassembled it on the beach.
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Male 1,587
Angilion- I see your sarcasm detector is malfunctioning.

Also, isn`t the energy of a system the sum of each action? So if you perform one joule of work X number of times, don`t you perform nX joules?
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Male 12,365
[quote]Food for thought- the ocean put the beach there, don`t you think it is a trivial matter for it to put a comparably puny tree there?[/quote]

The beach wasn`t moved there all in one go, which breaks your comparison.

I could move a hundred tonnes of sand if I had enough time. That does not mean it would be a trivial matter for me to move 100Kg in one go.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Angilion- OOOHhhh... an equation, you must be smart. [/quote]

Hardly - it`s very basic physics, something a moderately well educated child should know.
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Female 262
If you live on the coast it`s obvious because you see this all the time. Walk to the edge of a bluff or cliff and there are usually a few trees halfway undermined already, where you can see grass hanging over the edge, tree roots hanging out and the whole tree leaning over. Give `em a few years, and boom, instant driftwood. - copypasta
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Male 496
If a man speaks his mind in a forest, is he still wrong?
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Male 196
Ummmm...the tide
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Male 1,587
fenderjaguar- I agree with you. Especially as a Geology student, you really realize the forces at work on Earth are massive beyond our real comprehension.
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Male 1,587
Angilion- OOOHhhh... an equation, you must be smart.

Food for thought- the ocean put the beach there, don`t you think it is a trivial matter for it to put a comparably puny tree there?
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Male 8
Am I the only person that isn`t amazed that the most abundant substance on earth was able to carry the equivalent of a grain of sand to its final resting place on that beach?
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Male 702
The tree didn`t float there, it just WAS there. BAM!
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Male 616
Global warming
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Male 213
fake or not, i like it, and if it wasn`t for the guy/girl standing there, it would be my background :D
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Male 12,365
I`ve no idea if it would float, but there`s certainly plenty of force to move it. KE = 0.5mv^2. Not much v in the sea, but a great deal of m. One of the problems with generating electricty from waves is that there`s so much energy in a moving sea that it tends to break the wave power generators.

If it wouldn`t float, is it possible that a particularly violent event could have deposited it on shore? Tsunami? Hurricane? The beach seems otherwise undisturbed, but maybe it`s possible that other debris was cleared away first and the tree left till last because of its size and weight.
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Male 2,085
@yumyum: Trees have to hollow to float?
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Male 985
If nature is so powerful, why did its tree fall over? YOUR MOVE NATURE
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Male 493
That warrants a

DAMN NATURE YOU SCARY
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Female 146
Oh Wow~ That`s first beach in La Push!
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Male 45
OH MY GOD ITS A WHALE!
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Male 360
shopped.
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Male 40,748
I see that "The Ant" has move one step up from "rubber tree plants" eh?
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Male 1,587
I`m thinking you might be right. They might have to stop, collaborate and listen to each other to figure it all out.
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Male 10,440
I`m thinking I should stop starting my posts with `I`m thinking`.
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Male 10,440
I`m thinking a dendrologist would know if it floats, or if the roots are susceptible to rotting near shorelines, but an oceanologist would tell us about tide action and a climatologist would tell us about wind forces and rain loads.
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Male 734
Don`t be fooled guys, that is not a giant tree; that is only a miniature man standing next to a very small tree. JK
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Male 3,915
....woah....how in the f*ck?
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Male 1,587
DShephard- I know! I hate it when this happens. Last time I let it out full force it was in the desert of Northern Arizona...
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Male 1,595
Sorry guys!

Next time I gotta pee in the woods I won`t let it out full-force.
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Male 1,587
LazyMe- Probably outside a dendrologist`s forte. More like someone who studies currents. No idea what that study is called
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Male 10,440
I`m thinking the roots rotted, the tree collapsed in high wind or was washed out by wave action.

Then, the trunk fell in the sea and was gradually moved up a beach by means of tides.

But what do I know? Do we have a dendrologist in the house?
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Female 1,893
killer whale thats how
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Male 3,745
the island thing in the back reminds me of Plastic Beach...
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Male 1,587
How was it washed up? Waves pushed it...? Is this a trick question?
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Male 129
Shopped...sequoia trees are not hollow...they`d sink in water
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Female 482
Link: Why You So Powerful, Nature? [Pic] [Rate Link] - This is a photo of a dead Sequoia tree--it washed up on the beach. How?
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