Saturday, January 31, 2009

A face from prehistory

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Here's a face from the distant past. Tortoises and turtles have survived unchanged since prehistoric times. You could have been looking into this same face fifty million years ago. This one is a Murray River turtle, and is lucky to be living in the Worrawong Earth Sanctuary, because the river which is the natural environment for these creatures is suffering badly in the drought. Not only is the Murray drying up completely in places, but the remaining pools are now so saline, so heavy in chemical salts as the water evaporates away, nothing can live in them. Photo by Jade, 2006.

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