Lake Baikal, located in southern Siberia, is a remarkable natural wonder that has captivated the world with its sheer size, depth, and clarity. This rift lake holds an astounding volume of freshwater, making it the largest of its kind globally. With its unique geological history and rich biodiversity, Lake Baikal has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting researchers, … [Read more...] about Lake Baikal: A Geological Wonder And Biodiversity Hotspot
The Whistler Tree, located in Portugal, is a living testament to the country's rich cultural and ecological heritage. With over 200 years of age, this magnificent cork oak has earned its name by producing a symphony of whistles as the wind breezes through its branches. However, its significance goes beyond its melodious nickname. In the year 1991, something extraordinary … [Read more...] about The Whistler Tree: Portugal’s Timeless Giant – A Cork Harvesting Wonder
It is not uncommon for us to receive inquiries about the distinctions between butterflies and moths. While these enchanting creatures share certain characteristics, such as the intricate scales that adorn their bodies and wings, there are subtle differentiating features that set them apart. Delving into the realm of Lepidoptera, the order to which both butterflies and moths … [Read more...] about Demystifying the Distinctions: Unraveling the Difference Between Butterflies and Moths
Unique species in ‘the world’s most biodiverse desert’ are at risk from a warming planet and the lucrative plant poaching trade In May 2020, 10mm of rain fell at Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp in South Africa’s most north-westerly corner. After enduring nine years of almost zero rain, Pieter van Wyk, a 32-year-old self-taught botanist who heads up the Richtersveld national park’s … [Read more...] about Succulent smuggling: why are South Africa’s rare desert plants vanishing?
The Gentianella Hirculus is a beautiful and unique species of gentian that can be found in the high-altitude humid páramo of southern Ecuador. Its scientific name, Gentianella hirculus (Griseb.) Fabris, is derived from its association with the gentian family, Gentianaceae Juss. This biennial to perennial herb is known for its cushion-like growths, which can reach up to 10 … [Read more...] about Gentianella Hirculus: The Beautiful and Endangered Gentian of the Andes