Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rain forest jungle

There are two ways to get to base camp - trekking from Sugapa village or flying in by helicopter.  Dan and Laura will have the privilege of hiking through virgin rainforest for up to 7 days.  According to my reading, it should be like going back in time to when the early explorers cut their way through jungles.
The island of New Guinea has one of the largest tracts of tropical rainforest left in the world.  This area contains species of plants and animals common to Australia and several new species have been discovered here.  Dan being a bird watcher should be in his glory if he can see the birds through the dense vegetation.  
Hopefully, man's greed for money does not ruin this area and a huge track of land is preserved.  If not, the human race may be signing their own death sentence.  I recently heard a wonderful quote from Jonas Salk, a famous biologist, “if all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end.   If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.”

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