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The first month on Cat Ba Island – getting my bearings

May 15, 2014

I love writing and I love science. So, for me, the post I’m sharing with you today from Writing for Nature is a tremendous pleasure to read. Great writing, great science. Plus the bonus of mythology – click on the Ymir link when you come to it!

A big “thank you” to author Neahga Leonard, aka EarthKnight.

Writing for Nature

My apologies for the long gap between posts, life has been a bit busy.

I recently began a new position in Vietnam, on Cat Ba Island to be specific.  My first impressions are that this is a damp and precipitous landscape.  I have not seen the sun since I arrived in Vietnam on March 4th.  For Cat Ba Island this means a riotous profusion of greenery tempered by the steep terrain and lack of soil.

Where the northern end of the road terminates Where the northern end of the road terminates

This is a land where Ymir’s bones lie close to the surface, broken and weathered, their calcium leaking back into the waters from which these precipitous cliffs rise.  The geology is the first thing that strikes you here.  The cliffs have been weathered by millions of years of rain, the ever-so-slightly acid rainwater eating into the ancient limestone creating a mature karst landscape.  Like bones, coral, and…

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