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Wed 23 Feb 2005

Ancient mangrove forests found below Great Barrier Reef

Category : internet

23 Feb 2005 - "North Queensland marine researchers have opened a window into the past by exposing ancient mangrove forests entombed beneath the Great Barrier Reef.

Dr Dan Alongi from the Australian Institute of Marine Science says they have unearthed 9,000-year-old mangroves in old river channels that were swamped when sea levels rose after the last ice age.

He says the relic mangroves show an abrupt rise in the sea level, 20 times faster than previously thought.

"Material was very much intact, it didn't even have time to fully decompose when it was buried, so it does tell us that when climate change happened at least when it happened in the past it was comparatively quick," he said." - ABC

Watch for more news of this.

Posted at 11:24AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Wed 23 Feb 2005

Gems from EARTH

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Joseph Lai has been busy with several posts - a rare case of vivipary in grass, finding Valentino, a tribute to Ridley, citing Corner, who waxes lyrical about the forests and a message from an insect on a signboard.

Help yourself at his updates page but remember to follow his links to discover some hidden and delightful morsels, like Palms Apart!

Posted at 8:25AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Wed 23 Feb 2005

Steve Irwin at Singapore Zoo, 25 Feeb 2005: 2.30pm

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Steve Irwin, star of Animal Planet's Crocodile Hunter series, will be making a special appearance at Singapore Zoo on Friday, 25th February 2005. He'll be in action during The Sealion Show at the Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre at 2.30pm.

Source: Pauline Tan, Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Posted at 5:52AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news