Ascension Island’s Remarkable Ecological Transformation

In the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, thousands of miles from practically anywhere, lies an isolated volcanic island called Ascension. Two hundreds years ago, Ascension was a desert island with little appeal for passing ships except to collect giant green turtles and birds to eat as they sailed on to other regions. Today, its peaks are covered by lush green forests. This amazing transformation is the result of a remarkable ecological experiment conducted by noted British botanist Joseph Hooker with encouragement from Charles Darwin. Many scientists believe that this fantastic terraformation may hold the key to the future colonization of Mars.

Ascension Island

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