Fissure

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1. Bark that is furrowed and ridged, or splitting lengthwise.

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This gallery painting shows an example of a tree with a fissure.
Source: http://gallery.discoverymedia.com.au/artzinePub/story.asp?id=67&section=ArtStud


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Bark fissures form on maturing trees. These bark plates only divide in a lengthwise direction.
Source: http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/HTMLFILES/fissures.html