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8 of the creepiest trees on Earth

By: Katherine Butler on July 16, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
Odd-shaped tree in the Australian rain forest

Photo: Koala:Bear/Flickr

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Mermaid tail

This tree lives in the Australian rain forest, but looks like it would be more at home in the middle of the sea. Rain forests are defined by extreme rainfall and heavy, overhead canopies. It seems like the roots of this tree have compensated for extreme moisture and lack of sunlight by reaching out of the soil toward the sky.