These Bridges Are Totally Boss

These Bridges Are Totally Boss

At their most basic, bridges are purely functional: they help you get from one side of a gap to the other. But some bridges-like the ones in India that are literally alive-take this mission and make it extraordinary.

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    The Cherrapunji region in India is one of the wettest places in the world. (0:09)

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    When directed through hollowed-out logs, the secondary roots of the Ficus elastica can grow into strong bridges. (0:30)

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    See a "double decker" root bridge: (1:20)

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    In the U.S., about one million animals are killed by cars every day. (0:06)

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    Hoofed animals are often hesitant to cross linear features, such as roads and even painted lines. (0:47)

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    Engineers have designed bridges to help deer, monkeys, and crabs cross above roads. (1:42)

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