If You See J-Shaped Trees In Illinois Stay Alert For Danger
Danger Signs Given By Trees
One of the most commonly observed clues is a group of trees that grow in the shape of a J.
It might seem like an oddity, but it actually has a logical explanation.
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Why Do Trees Grow In A J Shape?
These trees are bent due to soil creep, a process of ground movement. Soil creep is a phenomenon in which the Earth moves slowly beneath a tree, causing its roots to form a distinct "J" shape.
J-shaped trees are usually a sign that the underlying slope is unstable and has been prone to landslides in the past, suggesting that future landslides are likely. Understanding soil creep can be crucial to mitigating the risk of landslides and their resulting destruction.
What To Do If You See "J" Trees?
While this is not a warning to get out of the area immediately, it is something to keep in mind and stay alert for further signs.
Keep an eye out for any unusual change in the landscape, from an excessive amount of sediment to fresh cracks in the ground, and seek guidance from a professional. Landslides can pose a threat to people, homes, and property, so it is always wise to stay prepared.
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