It was one of the few places on the planet that remained unmapped and unexplored, but now Mount Mabu has started to yield its secrets to the world.Check out the whole story.
Until a few years ago this giant forest in the mountainous north of Mozambique was known only to local villagers; it did not feature on maps nor, it is believed, in scientific collections or literature. But after "finding" the forest on a Google Earth internet map, a British-led team of scientists has returned from what is thought to be the first full-scale expedition into the canopy. Below the trees, which rise 45m above the ground, they discovered land filled with astonishingly rich biodiversity. It was one of the few places on the planet that remained unmapped and unexplored, but now Mount Mabu has started to yield its secrets to the world.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Google Earth used to "discover lost Eden" in Africa
In a welcome change to the recent rush of stories on the theme of "terrorists use Google Earth" (I'm still not sure of the ongoing fascination with that theme versus "terrorists use cell phones" or "terrorists use boats"), there's a story in today's Observer in the UK about how Google Earth was used to "discover a lost Eden" in Africa: