Daily Archives: January 2, 2010

Congo Volcano Erupting

Mount Nyamulagira, 25km (16 miles) from the eastern city of Goma, erupted at dawn on Saturday, sending lava into the surrounding Virunga National Park.

About 40 endangered chimpanzees and other animals live in the area.

But the country’s famous critically endangered mountain gorillas are said to be safe as they live further east.

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These are very special chimpanzees. I believe I’ve blogged about them elsewhere, but I’ll write new something about them soon.

I’ve driven though this range of volcanoes, and flown over them as well.

Erik has details here

Out of place oak is 13 thousand years old

ResearchBlogging.orgOne of the world’s oldest plants turns out to be a 13,000 year-old scrub oak (Quercus palmeri, or Palmer’s Oak) in Southern California. Apparently this tree has survived for so long, despite the fact that it was born in the ice age and there have been numerous climate changes since then, by cloning itself, hiding in a crevice, being small, and growing slowly. Luck was involved as well, almost certainly.
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