Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Gondaway Gondawana?


Reports that lightening-strike caused fires on the elevated plateau of Tasmania have destroyed much of the ancient forest, thought to be a remnant of the original Gondawana, (www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/27/world-heritage-forests-burn-as-global-tragedy-unfolds-in-tasmania ) is disturbing. The loss of Pencil and King Billy pines along with cushion plants would also be expected with climate change as these high altitude plant are not, like e.g. Eucalyptus, adapted to dealing with fire. Having said that, like Joni Mitchell's 'Big Yellow Taxi' song we may need to create a 'tree museum' (so we can charge everyone 'a dollar and a half just to see 'em').

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