University botanical gardens and arboreta are more than just pretty places

University botanical gardens and arboreta are more than just pretty placesMany of these campus gardens have become leaders in botanical education, horticultural research and conservation.

University Affairs: Until recently, the existence of a two-million-year-old tree had been suggested only through fossil records. Then, one September day in 1994, a parks officer was bushwalking through an isolated canyon in Australia’s Wollemi National Park when he happened on some ancient-looking trees that he did not recognize, some up to 40 metres tall. The “extinct” tree, which scientists have since said likely dates back as far as 200 million years, was very much alive. The discovery was compared to finding a living dinosaur.

Source: University Affairs / MOIRA MACDONALD / JUN 06 2018

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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