The unprecedented flooding in Pakistan in the latter half of 2010 disrupted the lives of 20 million people, but it also affected the country’s spider population.
With more than a fifth of the country submerged under water, millions of spiders climbed up into trees to escape the rising floodwaters. The water took so long to recede, the trees became covered in a cocoon of spiderwebs. The result is an eerie, alien panorama, with any vegetation covered in a thick mass of webbing.
However, the unusual phenomenon may be a blessing in disguise. Britain’s department for international development reports that areas where the spiders have scaled the trees have seen far fewer malaria-spreading mosquitos than might be expected, given the prevalence of stagnant, standing water.
The agency is providing aid to the communities affected by the disaster, including safe drinking water, health care, food and shelter. To reduce the population’s long-term dependence on that aid, the government agency is now offering wheat seeds and tools to farmers, and jobs and skills training for those in rural areas. However, reconstruction in the worst-hit areas is expected to take many years.
Yellowstone park’s super volcano took a deep breath a few days ago but scientists say there is nothing to worry about. They say the magma resevoir thats four to six miles below the surface is driving the uplift but fortunatly the surge doesn’t mean an imminent eruption.
The Yellowstone super volcano has produced major eruptions in the past, each one a thousand times more powerful than st Helens eruption in 1980. Its happened 3 times in the past 2.1 million years, the last one around 640,000 years ago.
A major fish kill or ‘die off’ has occured in the Detriot river. Andre Mailhot was out walking his Jack Russel dog by the river on Tuesday when he came across thousands of dead fish floating in the water. He also claims he returned on Wednesday and found two dead ducks. The Ministry of Enviroment are believed to be investigating.
There have been many news stories around the past few weeks telling of mass animal die offs occuring. Birds, fish, crabs and even buffallo. Some say its the beginning of the end of the world, some say its actually common for this to happen. The end of the world theory may be a little far fetched (but who knows?) and sure in the past we have heard the odd story about hundreds of birds found dead here and there but this many animals dying a short space of time is becoming increasingly worrying.
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