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   Syzygium guineense   
Syzygium guineense
 
Syzygium guineense is a medium-sized or tall evergreen tree. The bark varies in subspecies and is greyish-white or silver mottled and smooth in young trees, turning rough, flaky, creamy, light grey, dark brown or black in older trees. Bark scales in rectangular flakes and produces red, watery sap
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Fracking - shale gas drilling in the Karoo
07-11-2011 13:07
The government of South Africa is on the brink of taking what may be an irreversible decision about a largely unstudied technology, in an environment where the requisite parties have not been consulted or heard. The Department of Minerals, DMR, has stolidly ignored all forms of communication from ngos’ and the media – and has even refused to respond to a PAIA application from the Argus newspaper within the 30-day allotted period.
Fracking - shale gas drilling in the Karoo
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What's flowering this month?
Silene bellidioides
Silene bellidioides
 
Monopsis unidentata
Monopsis unidentata
 
Polygala fruticosa
Polygala fruticosa
 
Tecoma capensis
Tecoma capensis
 
Elegia fistulosa
Elegia fistulosa
 
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
 
Cobra Camp An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Kommetjie
Duration: 2hrs
Harkerville Hiking Trail Strenuous    Very exposed (not for people with even a mild fear of heights) 
Harkerville Hiking Trail
Where: Between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Duration: 2 days
Tartarus Cave Tiring    No exposure to heights 
Where: Boyes Drive
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Jubilee creek walk An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Where: Knysna
 
  Hike of the week  
  Riviersonderend Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 8.5 hrs  
  Distance: 15km  
  Strenuous    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights)  
Riviersonderend Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve
Photograph by: klair
 
  Mushroom of the week  
 
Laetiporus Sulphureus
  Photo submitted: WinJ (2 June 2014)  
 
Laetiporus Sulphureus
Choice Choice
Size: 100 - 400 mm
Habitat: Grows on wood
Spore bearing: pores Pores
The Sulphur shelf is easily disinguished by its brilliant colouring, in shades of sulphur, lemon, and orange.
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  Some other choice mushrooms...  
Leccinum duriusculum
Leccinum duriusculum
 
Coprinus micaceus
Coprinus micaceus
 
Boletus edulis
Boletus edulis
 
Agaricus campestris
Agaricus campestris
 
Boletus granulatus
Boletus granulatus
 
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ARTICLES

   
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp 21-09-2014 16:48
In the midst of yet another electricity blackout in the Brazilian countryside in 2002, Alfredo Moser, a mechanic from Southern Brazil’s Uberaba, and his friends discussed ways to beckon rescuers during an emergency.
   
   
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing 29-03-2014 15:39
PEMBA, Zambia — A few decades ago, corn farmers here in Zambia’s rural southern province could predict when the annual rains would begin almost to the day.
   
   
RISING TIDAL POWER.
RISING TIDAL POWER. 21-02-2012 18:13
Schools of fish.
   
   
WEIRD WEATHER WILL LEAD TO GLOBAL WARMING ACTION ... EVENTUALLY.
21-02-2012 18:10
Sorry Europe.
   
   
WHERE’S THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY?
21-02-2012 18:08
It wasn’t too many year’s ago that many thought the U.
   
   
  

NEWS

   
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway 10-06-2014 17:33
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum.
   
   
Happy Feet tag not transmitting.
Happy Feet tag not transmitting. 12-09-2011 05:49
Happy Feet, the penguin who was given a second lease on life and was given a lift part of the way back to his antarctic home has disappeared from the radar.
   
   
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles?
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles? 12-09-2011 05:41
A new plant is due to open today in in West Bromwich in the UK, designed to recycle disposable nappies and other similar items recovering the components which can then be used to manufacture a range of building products including roof tiles.
   
   
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home 05-09-2011 15:49
Happy Feet, the Emperor penguin who lost his way and found himself stuck on a beach in New Zealand back in June and eating sand instead of snow has been released back into the wild.
   
   
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person.
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person. 02-09-2011 16:04
Well the experts don't think that they have arrived yet but it is predicted that during October somewhere in the world, probably India or China, the most populous nations on the planet, a birth will bring the total number of humans living on this fragile globe to 7 billion.
   
 
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