Sometimes, being alone in the woods can be a creepy experience. A man in Nova Scotia captured this interesting footage while hiking near Apple River last month. In the video, the ground appears to be shifting up and down, almost like its breathing.

The reason behind the phenomena isn’t very mystical. The movement is actually caused by root systems just barely underneath the soil. When a tree sways in high wind, it also moves the land around it.

“As I entered a patch of trees spared from clear cutting, I noticed the ground moving,” Brian Nuttall, who uploaded the video, wrote in a Facebook post. “I believe the larger trees are doomed to blow down but are currently spared, the smaller trees around them help hold each other up, as the wind pushes the trees into one another.”

Nuttall said that trees on the other side of the hill have already toppled over from the constant wind.

File image from McD22 on the flickr Creative Commons

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  • rdt400

    With the wind blowing like the video shows, that’s just the root system doing it’s job.