The cultural significance of earthquakes in Greek antiquity – An association between active faults and ancient places

Throughout human history in the eastern Mediterranean region, urban settlements have co-existed with earthquakes. The destructive capability of seismic activity is well chronicled by historians, and its cultural wreckage widely uncovered by archaeologists. Continue reading “The cultural significance of earthquakes in Greek antiquity – An association between active faults and ancient places”

Turning desert sand into farmland: Chinese scientists propose a revolutionary solution to desertification

Desertification, when fertile land dries into desert, is a global problem. According to Dr Steffen Bauer, an ecological expert at the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, as much as 40 per cent of the world is ‘dryland’. And that puts much of it in danger of desertification. Surprisingly, though fragile, these areas hold roughly 44 per cent of the world’s farms. They’re also called home by about 2 billion people, warn the editors of Governing Global Desertification. Continue reading “Turning desert sand into farmland: Chinese scientists propose a revolutionary solution to desertification”

Ρινόκεροι και καμηλοπαρδάλεις ζούσαν στη Δράμα πριν εννέα εκατομμύρια χρόνια

Ρινόκεροι, καμηλοπαρδάλεις, γαζέλες, ιππάρια και αντιλόπες ζούσαν στην πεδιάδα της Δράμας πριν από εννέα εκατ. χρόνια, όπως αποκαλύπτουν τα απολιθώματα που εντοπίστηκαν στην Πλατανιά του Δήμου Παρανεστίου της Περιφερειακής Ενότητας Δράμας.  Continue reading “Ρινόκεροι και καμηλοπαρδάλεις ζούσαν στη Δράμα πριν εννέα εκατομμύρια χρόνια”

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