Sunday, August 9, 2020

Biological wonders

Wonders of biology, such as trees, ecosystems etc.

The Fortingall Yew

In the 18th century, before the decomposition of its main trunk the Fortingall Yew attained incredible size: the circumference of its trunk reached 17.2...

Ecosystem of Henderson Island

There remains only one atoll in the world which is covered with pristine forest and whose ecology is almost not influenced by humans -...

Le Noir Pre orchid meadow

Lately the beautiful Jersey Island got one more exciting landmark - Le Noir Pré orchid meadow. This natural wonder requires some human assistance -...

The Dales of Christmas Island

The epitome of Christmas Island rainforest is represented in The Dales. These seven - eight valleys at the western shore of Christmas Islands have...

Hosnies Spring mangroves

Usually mangrove ecosystem develops in shallow sea water. But there exists relict mangrove forest rised by tectonic forces 24 - 37 m above the...

Christmas Island crab forest

Happily Christmas Island has not been heavily transformed by people and now represents a true wonder of nature. "Specialty" of this island is the...

Norfolk Island subtropical rainforest

When Captain Cook discovered Norfolk Island in 1774, it was covered with lush subtropical forest. Nowadays only a small part of it remains and...

89.9 m tall Noble Fir in Goat Marsh (dead)

Noble firs are beautiful, impressive trees - the largest firs. It is possible that the highest noble firs fairly recently exceeded 100 m height...

Sir Vim – (White Knight) the tallest manna gum

Several coincidences have spared the highest known white gum of the world - Sir Vim - from felling. It is one of giant trees...

The highest Tasmanian blue gum – lucky survivor

The highest known Tasmanian blue gum - Neeminah Loggorale Meena - currently is almost enclosed by clearcut (look at Google Earth map). Happily in...