‘Environmental Education’ Category

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Dongas, Erosion, & Ecosystem Health

Donga is Afrikaans for a gully created by erosion, which is a growing environmental problem in South Africa and around the world.

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Tannins in Red Water of the Fynbos

Why is the water red? The water looks like blood or tea, depends on the angle of the light, because of the tannins leached from the fynbos.

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Freshwater Catchment

8% of South Africa’s land accounts for 50% of its surface water — its freshwater catchments like those the Cape Fold that provide life to everything around them.

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Clouds Before Storms

I look through the rocks and bush to find a way through, look up to check my position against the mountain ahead, and look behind to the clouds filling the sky… looking back is what scares me, even with the sun bright in the sky.

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Spread of Invasive Species

Skeletons of hakea bend over young saplings, illustrating the massive problem of invasive species in the Cape Floral Kingdom.

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The Cape Floral Kingdom

Tour an entire floral kingdom on foot to explore the world’s hottest hot-spot for biodiversity and endemism.

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Origins of the Cape Fold Mountains: A Quick Mega-History

The story of the Cape Fold Mountains, told by a non-geologist, to help you know what you’re standing on.

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Spotting in the Dark

As dusk faded and the night turned pitch-black and cold, I laid out my sleeping bag to prepare for another easy night under the stars. But when I rolled over, I spotted what looked like a group of conspirators in the dark.

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It’s Endemic and a Killer

Don’t let the pink flowers fool you —this Roridula dentata is deadly. But its thirst for blood is only half the reason why it’s special.

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Fauna on the Rim of Africa

The Rim of Africa can be a 400-mile walking safari if you want it to be. The mountains and lowlands you wander through are teaming with wildlife

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The Cape Leopard

No, I never woke up to the soft sounds of a large cat outside my tent. If I could have wished it possible, I might have — once I figured out what I would do when face-to-face with a 75-lb (34kg) wild cat.

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Flora, a Prizefighter

I talk about flora a lot, referring to all the plant life I experienced while walking on the Rim of Africa, and for good reason— it is hands-down my favorite part of walking in the mountains of the Western Cape.

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My Favorite Mystery

I realized something while walking on the Rim of Africa: if you spot a unique flower out of the corner of your eye but don’t stop right then to photograph it, it’s likely you will never see it again.

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A Bush Guide to Alien Clearing

Day 23 : There is nothing worse than having an otherwise beautiful day of walking in the mountains ruined by alien invasions.