Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Ascension Island and the secret of Charles Darwin

I've been to Ascension Island a couple of times. Unfortunately, the business at hand eliminated any chance to explore the place. Had I had a chance to look around I might have noticed that the place had forests mixed with eucalyptus, pine trees, bananas and bamboo. All unlikely plants to find themselves on a volcanic rock in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.

On the other hand, I might not have noticed at all. The fact is, virtually all of the major vegetation on Ascension Island was an experiment conducted by Charles Darwin, Joseph Hooker and the Royal Navy.

BBC has the story of a secret experiment which resulted in the "terra-forming" of a barren rock.

Hat tip Cheryl.

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