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Baobab as a Natural Water Reservoir


The baobab The Baobab is extremely important for humans and animals in the dry areas of Africa. It offers protection and provides food, clothing and medicine as well as raw material for many useful items.

The mucilaginous pulp that fills the trunk can be scooped out from the thick tree trunk. Enough space for a door is cut in the trunk. Old living trees that are naturally hollow or have been hollowed out are used for water storage. The empty space is filled with water and then tightly sealed. This will hold water and keep it potable for
many years and serve as a reserve during drought (Schütt and Wolf, 1996). The hollowed tree will continue to thrive, bearing fruit every season. The bark yields a strong fiber for rope and cloth.

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