Yareta (Azorella compacta)
Grows at altitudes of between 3200 and 4500 meters. The pink or lavender flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. The plant is self-fertile. The plant grows in a very compact way in order to reduce heat losses and very close to ground level where air temperature is one or two degrees Celsius higher than the mean air temperature. Native to Chile, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. Local people use the plant for fuel and cooking.The amount of yareta being removed had become so significant the ecologists feared that the plant would become extinct. So, the four countries in which it grows have now prohibited its extraction. Yareta is well-adapted to high isolation rates which are typical of the highlands, and cannot grow in shade. The plant growth rate has been recently estimated at approximately 1.5 centimeters per year (Kleier and Rundel 2004). Many yaretas are over 3,000 years old.
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Aerial view of Lake Natron, Tanzania
Salt lake located in northern Tanzania, close to the Kenyan border, in the eastern branch of the East African Rift. The color of the lake is characteristic of those where very high evaporation rates occur. As water evaporates during the dry season, salinity levels increase to the point that salt-loving microorganisms begin to thrive. Such halophile organisms include some cyanobacteria that make their own food with photosynthesis as plants do. The red accessory photosynthesizing pigment in the cyanobacteria produces the deep reds of the open water of the lake, and orange colors of the shallow parts of the lake. The alkali salt crust on the surface of the lake is also often colored red or pink by the salt-loving microorganisms that live there.
Milk Lake, Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan
Sulfurous fumes vented in the bed of this marshy lake turn the water murky. After gradually precipitating, the sulfur forms whitish-yellow or pale gray layers in the lake bed. Popularly known as Milk Lake, the lake is only approximately 40°C (104°F) in temperature, and not the 90°C (194°F) or more found in some hot springs.
Amazing Waterspout, Riva Levante, Liguria, Italy
Autumn Forest, Saxony, Germany
St Nectan’s Glen, Tintagel, Cornwall, England