A fossilised tree is seen at the Petrified Forest National Park on the island of Lesbos, Greece. Reuters
Gulf Today Report
Greek scientists on the volcanic island of Lesbos say they have found a rare fossilised tree whose branches and roots are still intact after 20 million years.
The tree was found during roadwork near an ancient forest petrified millions of years ago on the eastern Mediterranean island and transported from the site using a special splint and metal platform, according to Reuters.
It is the first time a tree has been found in such good condition complete with branches and roots since excavations began in 1995, said Professor Nikos Zouros of the Museum of Natural History of the Petrified Forest of Lesbos.
“It is a unique find,” he said. “[It] is preserved in excellent condition and from studying the fossilised wood we will be able to identify the type of plant it comes from.”
Lesbos’ petrified forest, a 15,000-hectare, Unesco-protected site, is the result of a volcanic eruption 20 million years ago which smothered the island’s then subtropical forest ecosystem in lava.
The fossilised tree, about 19 metres long, was preserved by a thick layer of volcanic ash after it fell. A large number of fruit tree leaves were found in the same spot, adding to the picture along with animal bones from the general area.
“During the excavations the various forests that existed between 17 and 20 million years ago on Lesbos are being uncovered and we can reconstruct the ecosystem that existed during that period,” said Zouros.
Two C-130 Hercules aircraft carrying thousands of liters of water on Sunday began dousing fires devouring chunks of the world's largest rainforest.
Researchers found that the total forest loss between 2002 and 2019 was larger than the size of France, with more than half of the destruction happening in the Amazon region.
Gulf Today compiled a series of places and travel hotspots where usually the tourists are left upset with the actual picture.
The latest archaeological excavations on Marawah Island, carried out by specialist teams from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), have shed new light on Abu Dhabi’s earliest known settlement, which dates back 8,000 years.
One visit to Qasr Al Watan is never enough to take it all in: the Palace of the Nation provides an enriching experience that takes visitors on a cultural journey to explore the wonders of Arabian culture and artistry, artefacts and Islamic art.
The momentous visit opened doors for new strategic ties and cooperation between Thumbay Group and two of Italy’s prestigious institutions namely San Raffaele University (UniSR) and Gruppo San Donato (GSD) Italy.
Industry players needed to come together to define more precisely what sustainable publishing’ means to them, said the IPA president