Giant tortoise believed extinct for 100 years is rediscovered

February 27, 2019 by  
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A member of a giant tortoise species once thought extinct was recently spotted on a remote island in the Galapagos. Scientists discovered the female adult tortoise, commonly referred to as a Fernandina giant tortoise, off the island of Fernandina. They believe she is well over 100 years old. The group removed the tortoise from the island and brought her to a customized breeding facility on Santa Cruz Island. The scientists were part of a collaborative expedition funded by the Galapagos National Park and an environmental group called Galapagos Conservancy. According to  The Guardian , the Fernandina giant tortoise is on the  endangered species  list and was thought to have gone extinct. The team believes there are more endangered species of tortoises on the island based on feces and tracks they uncovered, though exact numbers remain elusive. Related: Iguanas reintroduced to island after 200 years The last time a member of this species was spotted in the wild was way back in 1906. Since then, scientists have discovered traces of the giant tortoise on the island but were unable to spot one in its natural habitat. If they can find more individuals, the conservationists hope to breed them on Santa Cruz to boost population numbers. “They will need more than one, but females may store sperm for a long time,” Duke University’s Stuart Primm noted. “There may be hope.” Being the third largest island in the Galapagos, Fernandina is host to the La Cumbre volcano, which remains highly active to this day. In fact, experts believed that giant tortoises on the island were killed off because of the recurring lava flows from the volcano , which almost blankets the island in its entirety. There is no telling if scientists will discover more giant tortoises in the years to come, but the recent sighting is promising. The Galapagos islands, of course, are famous for their diversity of wildlife and were labeled a World Heritage Site in the late 1970s. Hopefully, the team will uncover additional giant tortoises to help get the species back on the map. Via The Guardian Image via Garrondo

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Google’s New ‘Street View’ Maps Let You Dive in the Galapagos Islands!

September 13, 2013 by  
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Google has coursed the Amazon , swam the Great Barrier Reef and scaled the Burj Khalifa – and now the tech giant has launched their latest Street View Trekker project with a collection of incredible maps of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands . Allowing users to become “Darwin for a Day,” the 360-degree street view maps swim with marine life and hike over islands that Darwin likely encountered in his historic venture 178 years ago. Viewers can even help with ongoing conservation in the region by identifying the plants and animals on screen. Read the rest of Google’s New ‘Street View’ Maps Let You Dive in the Galapagos Islands! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catlin seaview , charles darwin , charles darwin foundation , converstaion , galapagos islands , galapagos national park , google conservation , Google maps , Google Street View , google trekker , iNaturalist , sea lion , Street View , street view trekker        

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Amazing Egyptian Cave Churches are Carved Out of Solid Rock in Cairo

September 13, 2013 by  
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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

September 13, 2013 by  
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The Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) recently earned the highest LEED Platinum certification yet achieved for a new green building. The project systematically demonstrates high performance in site design, water & energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and material conservation and use. The US Green Building Council granted the project 63 of a possible 69 points under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 2 rating system. Only one other new building has achieved this level of green building distinction. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieves LEED Platinum Certification Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , “sustainable architecture” , csl , Green Building , green design , Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design , LEED platinum , phipps center for sustainable landscapes , pittsburgh        

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