Sunday, August 12, 2012

Weirdest Place on Earth

Socotra has been described as one of the most alien-looking place on Earth, and it’s not hard to see why.

Socotra is considered the jewel of biodiversity in the Arabian Sea. The long geological isolation of the Socotra archipelago and its fierce heat and drought have combined to create a unique and spectacular endemic flora. It is very isolated with a harsh, dry climate and as a result a third of its plant-life is found nowhere else, including the famous Dragon’s Blood Tree, a very-unnatural looking umbrella-shaped tree which produces red sap. There are also a large number of birds, spiders and other animals native to the island, and coral reefs around it which similarly have a large number of endemic (i.e. only found there) species. Socotra is considered the most biodiverse place, and is a World Heritage Site.
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Watch here for the actual footage of the Socotra in Yemen

1 comment:

  1. It'll be the funnest experience to see those life-forms as no longer mere stuff of fantasy writers' incredible stories!


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