Accidental rewilding

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Rand
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Accidental rewilding

Post by Rand » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:56 pm

I stepped out into the sunlight, scarcely able to believe what I had seen or, rather, what I had not. I stared at the hills around me, contrasting them with the old photos of those same hills I had seen. Where dense forests now grew, forming a high, closed canopy — in the valleys, over the hills and up the mountain walls until they shrank, many thousands of feet above sea level, into a low scrub of pines, which diminished further to a natural treeline — there had been almost nothing. In the photos, taken on the western side of Slovenia during the First World War, the land was almost treeless.

So tall and impressive are the trees now and so thickly do they now cover the hills that when you see the old photos — taken, in ecological terms, such a short time ago — it is almost impossible to believe that you are looking at the same place. I have become so used to seeing the progress of destruction that scanning those images felt like watching a film played backwards.

Tomaž Hartmann had driven for almost an hour along a forest track through Kočevski Rog to bring us here. The woods of beech and silver fir towered over us, in places almost touching across the road. Their roots sprawled over mossy boulders. They rolled down into limestone sinkholes: karstic craters. Karst topography — weathered limestone landscapes of chasms and caves, sinkholes, shafts and pavements — is named after this region of Slovenia, which is sometimes called the Kras or Karst plateau. The word means barren land. When Karst landscapes are grazed, they are rapidly denuded, but it was hard to connect the term with what I now saw.
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Re: Accidental rewilding

Post by Joe » Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:40 am

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Re: Accidental rewilding

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:49 pm

The extinction of Homo sapiens is going to be a wonderful thing for the planet.

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Re: Accidental rewilding

Post by Don » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:22 pm

JamesRobertSmith-
You planning on being around for it?
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