Learning from the Survivors of Katrina

By Anupum Pant

Katrina, the 5th hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. It destroyed everything in its way, except hundreds of those oak trees which bore the full brunt of it. What made these trees survive such a massive storm has revealed to us that these trees are like whole living blueprints of how to survive hurricanes – inspiring hurricane resistant houses.

The trunks can flex in the wind, their branches flex and their leaves spiral into a Fibonacci sequence in the wind so as to bear the minimum damage. The whole family of oaks nearby have an underground connection which makes their foundation really networked and solid.

We sure have a lot to learn from nature.

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