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There is (or was, I saw it nearly 30 years ago) an aspen forest on the SE flank of Mt. Elbert in which every tree has the same kink in the trunk, at the same height, far above head height. I'd wondered if it might have been because of an avalanche at one time.
Interesting. If the kinks were at ground level I'd say it was related to soil creep, but given their height above ground I'll go with Darrell and guess avalanche (or maybe ice storm). One that occurred years back when the trees were shorter and more flexible.
It's not an avalanche zone. Ice storm or heavy snow load one year? Possibly.
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