JAN 11, 2016 6:53 PM PST

A Floating Forest Will Soon Debut in a Dutch City

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Who says that all forests have to exist on land? – An idea thought up by artist Jorge Bakker will give the world a new sense of foresting, as it involves letting loose 20 buoys that are designed to hold a tree, much like a planting pot, into an industrial waterfront in the Dutch city known as Rotterdam.
 

Soon, a forest of floating trees will be installed in a Dutch city's waterfront.


The installation project, dubbed Dobberend Bos, which means bobbing forest, aims to add some green to an otherwise barren city. These buoys will be launched into the water in March of this year, allowing the trees to float on water and get their water right from the water they’re floating in.
 
The benefit of the water-planting project is that all of the empty space that would typically just be a flat horizon of water will now be occupied by greens and nature.
 
Inside of the buoys will be 20 Dutch Elm Trees. Such a concept isn’t easy at all, but testing in 2014 showed that it was possible to do. Getting the balance just right in these buoys so that they don’t capsize can be difficult, especially when the tree will grow in random directions and the roots will grow how they want to as well.
 
Keeping the balance as the trees grow will require regular maintenance so that one side doesn’t being heavier than the other and so that the trees and continue to float for years to come.
 
Such a feat challenges engineering, as well as our understanding of plant life. Plants are very good at adapting to nature, and they’ll typically find a way to grow to fit into the area they’re placed in, but how much adapting can they do before it’s too much?
 
If everything goes well, perhaps similar projects can be implemented around the world, as large groups of trees are known to be good for helping cool the environment and help with creating oxygen.

Source: Dobberend Bos

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
DEC 01, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 01, 2019
Blue Whales Exhibit 'Extremely Low' Heart Rates When Performing Deep Dives
Blue whales have a reputation for being massive, and as far as we know, they’re the largest living animal in existence today. Perhaps unsurprisingly,...
DEC 08, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 08, 2019
Female Baboons Avoid Mating When STDs Are Involved
In the animal kingdom, wild creatures are quite literally hard-wired to locate suitable mates and work as quickly as possible to ensure reproductive succes...
DEC 27, 2019
Genetics & Genomics
DEC 27, 2019
How Dog Genomics Can Teach Us More About Human Health
It's been estimated that there are around 70 million pet dogs in the United States, with around 36 percent of households owning at least one dog....
JAN 05, 2020
Plants & Animals
JAN 05, 2020
Scientists Shed Light on 'Teenaged' T. Rex
If you were to ask a bunch of random people off the street to begin naming dinosaurs, then the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex would likely reside at the top of...
JAN 27, 2020
Earth & The Environment
JAN 27, 2020
Study Suggests That Vineyards can Adapt to Climate Change
Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have some good news for wine lovers. Delicate wine grapes are highly susceptible to changes in te...
FEB 10, 2020
Plants & Animals
FEB 10, 2020
Mudskippers Aren't Like Most Fish...
Most fish spend almost all of their lives in a body of water, be it the ocean or some smaller lake or stream. Mudskippers, on the other hand, are a unique...
Loading Comments...