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Forum topic by AlaskaGuy posted 10-13-2020 01:58 AM 533 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2020 01:58 AM

A bit of surprise at the O:35 mark.

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#1 posted 10-13-2020 04:19 AM

Wow didn’t see that coming.

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#2 posted 10-13-2020 07:55 AM

Did he hit an artery? I don’t get it. Are there voids in an old tree that hold pools of water? That’s wild, man.

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#3 posted 10-13-2020 08:04 AM

Did he hit an artery? I don t get it. Are there voids in an old tree that hold pools of water? That s wild, man.

- Mark Wilson

I don’t know. I posted this in hopes someone knows.

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#4 posted 10-13-2020 02:31 PM

There’s a scar running from top right to bottom left in the video. Sometimes, damaged tree collects rainwater in the trunk, along the rotting tissue. It’s under pressure because of the height of the water column in the tree.

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#5 posted 10-13-2020 02:52 PM

I’ve seen here in Montana where a tree develops heart rot and the void fills with water, most often on grand fir.

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#6 posted 10-13-2020 05:35 PM

That was cool! I think he mis-read the fuel cap where it states 32:1, that’s supposed to be 32 parts gasoline, 1 part oil, not 32 parts oil, 1 part gasoline. At least all the mosquitos are dead in that forest now.

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#7 posted 10-13-2020 07:18 PM

Years ago, my dad and I were felling a 6” elm that a larger, dead tree had hung up in.

This was in early January, and there had just been over a week of unseasonably warm weather (for NW Arkansas).

That elm stump peed a stream 8 feet in the air, for probably about 5 minutes!

I’ve seen similar cases first hand, but all in the spring or summer months of the growing season. We cut most of the wood in the fall and winter though, and seldom saw any such water (though occasionally we would see it seep out while splitting firewood)

The hydrostatic pressure necessary to drive water and nutrients up to the crown of such a tree, as in the video, is considerable (looks like more than 100 FEET of head). Given the size of that tree, and the volume of water it transpires through its leaves into the atmosphere during the growing season, the volume spewed from the cut is not surprising.

Keep in mind, we may also be seeing the combined volume of water being supplied from the roots, and water flowing back down from the crown of the tree, in the absence of pressure from below. I’m not aware of the details of the “vascular” system of the tree, and whether the water would flow back down or not.

Great video, and thanks for posting the link!

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#8 posted 10-13-2020 09:55 PM

that was amazing,there had to be hundreds of gallons of water.never seen anything like that before.

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#9 posted 10-15-2020 02:28 PM

I ve seen here in Montana where a tree develops heart rot and the void fills with water, most often on grand fir.

- bondogaposis

looked like it was rather rotted

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#10 posted 10-15-2020 04:47 PM

The tree is weeping because hes the last one of his species.

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