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Coconuts may inspire designs for earthquake-proof buildings
Jul 09, 2016, 02.25 PM IST

BERLIN: The specialised structure of coconut walls may help to design buildings that can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters, a new study suggests.

Coconuts are renowned for their hard shells, which are vital to ensure their seeds successfully germinate.

Coconut palms can grow 30 m high, meaning that when the ripe fruits fall to the ground their walls have to withstand the impact to stop them from splitting open.

To protect the internal seed, the coconut has a complex structure of three layers: the outer brown, leathery exocarp, a fibrous mesocarp and a tough inner endocarp surrounding the pulp which contains the developing seedling.

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