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International Year of Forests (January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Jook Leung

Le Conte Creek along the Gatlinburg Trail

Jook Leung

Forest of Kapok Trees at Banteay Srei

Angkor, Cambodia

October 25, 2011

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Banteay Srei or Banteay Srey is a 10th century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor in Cambodia. (Wikipedia)

Unusual about the temples found in tropical and rain forest climates is that the trees have grown back in the hundreds of years since the grounds were first deforested to build these structures. Now restoration of these temples have included cutting back forest growth. Around Banteay Srei is a forest of Kapok trees. They are also called Ceiba and silk-cotten trees. Often described as majestic they can grow to a height of 150 feet or more, towering over other trees in the rainforest.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banteay_Srei

http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/kapok.htm

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