Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Mysterious forces first ravage the “Garden of Eden” then restore it.


Personally, I think this is the handy-work of extraterrestrial beings.

Geez, I know science is supposed to be apolitical, but this is a bit much.
Reflooding Restores Wildlife to Iraqi Marshes

In the 1990s the Garden of Eden was destroyed. The fertile wetlands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers were diked and drained, turning most of 15,000 square kilometers of marsh to desert. By the year 2000, less than 10 percent of that swampland--nearly twice as big as Florida's Everglades--remained. But reflooding of some areas since 2003 has produced what some scientists are calling the "miracle of the Mesopotamian marshes"--a return of plants, aquatic life and even rare birds to their ancestral home…

David Biello’s article on Scientific America .com goes on for three more paragraphs and 300 words with nary a mention of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime or the Iraqi war.

One wonders whether a ten-years-hence typical product of the American public school systems, who might stumble onto the piece, will make the connection.

(Hat tip: Best of the Web Today)

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