11 February 2006

Ecological “Garden of Eden” Discovered

I figured that by now the only untouched places would be below the oceans and above the clouds, but I was wrong:

An astonishing mist-shrouded "lost world" of previously unknown and rare animals and plants high in the mountain rainforests of New Guinea has been uncovered by an international team of scientists.

“This is a place with no roads or trails and never, so far as we know, visited by man ... This proves there are still places to be discovered that man has not touched."

Among the new species of birds, frogs, butterflies and palms discovered in the expedition through this pristine environment, untouched by man, was the spectacular Berlepsch's six-wired bird of paradise. The scientists are the first outsiders to see it. They could only reach the remote mountainous area by helicopter, which they described it as akin to finding a "Garden of Eden".

[The Independent (UK)...]

1 comment:

Mark said...

Something like this was discovered in Vietnam about ten years ago (which is incredible considering the troop movement and destruction of the forests during the war).

You have to wonder how many places like this are slashed and burnt without ever being recognized.