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The Earth Is Breathing

Social media customers have been hypothesising about what this bizarre, pulsating woodland soil could be: a marsh? An underground river? The start of a sinkhole? Wind exciting the consistent roots of the trees? A hibernating ENT?
This eerie footage was shot by Brian Nuttall in Apple River, Nova Scotia – rather aptly – on October 31 amid the hangover of Hurricane Patricia.
From the grainy footage, it’s still hard to tell what exactly is going on. However, Nuttall has his own, fairly concrete, philosophy on the weird goings-on. He said in his Facebook post:
“The wind was gusting the plants on the hill a few days after the [remnants] of Storm Patricia, it was a robust west breeze. I sauntered across a chopping [sic] that was logged a few years back. As I reached a cover of plants spared from clear cutting, I saw the ground stirring. I trust the superior plants are doomed to blow down but are currently spared, the lesser plants around them help hold each other up, as the wind pushes the trees into one another.
“I feel the plants didn’t produce deep strong roots as they wouldn’t be needed when enclosed by a forest, sheltered with strength in numbers unlike a tree found alone in a pasture. The punishing usual breezes have taken their toll on the side hill, the origins have untied and the moss-covered crushed from the when dappled woodland floor are giving way, soon to be collapsed over.