Living Bridges of Meghalaya

You may have seen photos of these living bridges and wondered if they’re real. They are, and they don’t happen by chance. They’re carefully cultivated and tended by generations of families living in Meghalaya, India, “The Land of Clouds.”

Watch this BBC video. It’s exquisite. Special thanks to Kathy Tye for sending it our way.

As an added Friday Nature News treat, here’s some special news: See this statue? Lovely, isn’t it?

Tibetan Buddhist statue, carved from Chinga meteorite, looted by Nazis, now in private hands/Elmar Buchner, AP, the Guardian

It’s an ancient Tibetan statue of Vaisravana, the Buddhist King of the North. It stands about 9.5″ high and weighs about 22 pounds. It’s sometimes called the Iron Man and, more recently, the Space Buddha. Here’s why: Experts have just confirmed that it was chiseled from a piece of a meteorite called the Chinga Meteorite that fell to earth in Eastern Siberia or Mongolia some 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. It’s the only human figure carved from meteorite known to exist, and it’s 1,000 years old.

Is that cool or what? Learn more here and here.

Tibetan Buddhist statue, carved from Chinga meteorite, looted by Nazis, now in private hands/Elmar Buchner, sci-news.com

Have a good weekend & Happy October.

More soon.

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