Crooked Forest

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Crooked Forest
The oddly-shaped "crooked" trees, 2013

The Crooked Forest (Polish: Krzywy Las) is a grove of oddly-shaped pine trees located near the town of Gryfino, West Pomerania, Poland.

This grove of 400 pines was planted in the village of Nowe Czarnowo in around 1930. Each pine tree bends sharply to the north, just above ground level, then curves back upright after a sideways excursion of three to nine feet (1–3 m). The curved pines are enclosed by a surrounding forest of straight pine trees.[1]

It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow or bend this way, but the method was never determined and remains a mystery to this day. It has been speculated that the trees may have been deformed to create naturally curved timber for use in furniture or boat building.[2][3] Others surmise that a snowstorm could have bent the trunks, but there is little evidence of that.[3][4][5]

The forest was featured in season 1, episode 4 of The UnXplained on the History channel titled "Unnatural Nature" that first aired on 9 August 2019.[6]

The site is open to the public and serves as a notable tourist attraction in the region.[7]

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  1. ^ "What Could Have Caused Poland's Crooked Forest?". IFLScience. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  2. ^ Cieśliński, Piotr (15 January 2014). "Kto odkryje tajemnicę Krzywego Lasu" (in Polish). Wyborcza.pl. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b Klein, Joanna (21 March 2017). "In Poland's Crooked Forest, a Mystery With No Straight Answer". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Quick, Stefania Rousselle, Joanna Klein, Samantha; Jaffe, Logan (31 March 2017). "Puzzle in Poland: Who Bent the Trees?" – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ "Nature Warning - J shaped Trees". Editor Choice.[failed verification]
  6. ^ "The UnXplained Pictures & Galleries: Unnatural nature". HISTORY. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  7. ^ Wroniewski, Sebastian (3 August 2020). "Krzywy Las koło Gryfina zostanie poddany rewitalizacji". światrolnika.info (in Polish). Retrieved 20 December 2020.

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Coordinates: 53°12′50″N 14°28′30″E / 53.21389°N 14.47500°E / 53.21389; 14.47500