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What do broadforks mimic in nature?

 
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If one uses a broadfork, what action does it mimic in nature?

I figured it mimics pioneer species coming in, sending down tap roots, then quickly dying off. Probably also mimics ant mounds.

Did I get that right and is there more?
 
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Maybe frost heaving in colder climates?  Gophers and other deep tunnelers?  Earthquakes
 
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Landslides? Rooting pigs? Badgers? Worms?

I guess I'm not clear on why it matters. All of these forces and living things modify the landscapes they touch. So do humans.
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