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Scientists discover new forest with undiscovered species on Google Earth[Africa]
Telegraph ^ | 22 Dec 2008 | Louise Gray

Posted on 12/22/2008 8:30:13 AM PST by BGHater

Conservationists have found a host of new species after discovering uncharted new territory on the internet map Google Earth.

The mountainous area of northern Mozambique in southern Africa had been overlooked by science due to inhospitable terrain and decades of civil war in the country.

However, while scrolling around on Google Earth, an internet map that allows the viewer to look at satellite images of anywhere on the globe, scientists discovered an unexpected patch of green.

A British-led expedition was sent to see what was on the ground and found 7,000 hectares of forest, rich in biodiversity, known as Mount Mabu.

In just three weeks, scientists led by a team from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew found hundreds of different plant species, birds, butterflies, monkeys and a new species of giant snake.

The samples which the team took are now back in Britain for analysis.

So far three new butterflies and one new species of snake have been discovered but it is believed there are at least two more new species of plants and perhaps more new insects to discover.

Julian Bayliss, a scientist for Kew based in the region, discovered Mount Mabu while searching on Google Earth for a possible conservation project. He was looking at areas of land 5,400ft (1,600m) above sea level where more rainfall means there is likely to be forest.

To his surprise he found the patches of green that denote wooded areas, in places that had not previously been explored. After taking a closer look on more detailed satellite maps, he went to have a look.

A British-led expedition found 7,000 hectares of forest, rich in biodiversity, known as Mount Mabu

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Science
KEYWORDS: africa; forest; google
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1 posted on 12/22/2008 8:30:14 AM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater

If it is known as Mount Mabu, how could it have been undiscovered?


2 posted on 12/22/2008 8:31:55 AM PST by Holicheese (Get up Tom Brady, get up! PLEASE!!)
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To: BGHater

I can understand misplacing your reading glasses, but losing a forest? Yikes!


3 posted on 12/22/2008 8:34:45 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: Holicheese

First there is a mountain
then there is no mountain
then there is


4 posted on 12/22/2008 8:36:54 AM PST by null and void (Hindsight is 2020, foresight is 2012)
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To: BGHater

How long before a Starbucks is built?


5 posted on 12/22/2008 8:38:54 AM PST by DYngbld (Aspire to inspire before you expire)
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To: BGHater
Baby... Secret of the Lost Legend

"Eight years before the dinosaur mania created by Jurassic Park, Bill L. Norton released this more dinosaur-friendly story about a 10-foot baby dinosaur in dire straits in Africa because Dr. Eric Kiviat (Patrick McGoohan), an evil paleontologist, is after it with a vengeance."

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6 posted on 12/22/2008 8:39:38 AM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: BGHater
Guess Google Earth didn't pick up the new store at the mountain's base.



7 posted on 12/22/2008 8:39:56 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: BGHater

I saw this movie. Hope they checked for spiders.


8 posted on 12/22/2008 8:40:21 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: BGHater
a new species of giant snake.

Yes, it really is absolutely amazing to discover a new species of adder, but it is hardly a "giant" snake.

Great find, nonetheless, in all seriousness.

9 posted on 12/22/2008 8:40:38 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: BGHater

That’s nice and all...but isn’t it a pretty small area?

>>7,000 hectares of forest<<

That’s like 17000 acres, a little more than 5 miles on a side.


10 posted on 12/22/2008 8:42:32 AM PST by Malsua
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To: BGHater
Les Stroud is on his way!!
11 posted on 12/22/2008 8:50:48 AM PST by 4yearlurker (I'm shoveling snow instead of raking leaves. Global warming my A$$!)
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To: BGHater

I thought we ‘paved half the Earth’ ?


12 posted on 12/22/2008 9:00:44 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: BGHater

and found 7,000 hectares of forest,.................. Not for long!


13 posted on 12/22/2008 9:09:24 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Liberals fear the return of Mrs Cleaver.)
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To: BGHater

Can’t be...They know everything!!


15 posted on 12/22/2008 9:20:04 AM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: vietvet67

Is that guy holding a remote control for the chain saw?

Is that really an option that was needed?


16 posted on 12/22/2008 9:38:13 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: BGHater
Another unusual species was discovered and just as quickly exterminated...
17 posted on 12/22/2008 10:06:11 AM PST by PeteePie (Antique firearms - still deadly after all these years)
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To: thackney

Beats me what that remote is for.

I don’t even see any model that size on the Stihl site.


18 posted on 12/22/2008 10:10:59 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: BGHater

In the name of preservation of unknown species and virgin un-human tred upon ground, we need to destroy all satellite cameras that are revealing these heretofore unknown. And while we are at it, I guess any airborne reconnaissance platform also must be forbidden so that we can, at any expense, protect the unknown from humanity.


19 posted on 12/22/2008 10:29:35 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead (3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87))
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To: vietvet67
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20 posted on 12/22/2008 10:49:28 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Dang.


21 posted on 12/22/2008 11:02:09 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: BGHater
overlooked by science due to inhospitable terrain and decades of civil war in the country... A British-led expedition was sent to see what was on the ground and found 7,000 hectares of forest, rich in biodiversity, known as Mount Mabu. In just three weeks, scientists led by a team from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew found hundreds of different plant species, birds, butterflies, monkeys and a new species of giant snake... So far three new butterflies and one new species of snake have been discovered but it is believed there are at least two more new species of plants and perhaps more new insects to discover.

22 posted on 12/22/2008 2:21:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: BGHater

Whoops, that was supposed to be a “thank you”. :’o


23 posted on 12/22/2008 2:22:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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