Diane Trout (alienghic) wrote,
Diane Trout

what is "nature"?

Currently one of my favorite stories from Britain from above is Norfolk Broads. At first it looks like a fairly ordinary natural wetlands, except it was created by ancient peat-bog miners stripping out enough peat to hit the water table. More recently the water was getting too polluted by agricultural run off, so instead of just living with the constant algae blooms they dredged the lakes, and and started growing algae eating fleas.

The result is birds and complex plants have returned to the ecosystem.

But is it a natural ecosystem? It was created by humans hundreds to thousands of years ago, it was then damaged by modern humans who then fixed it.

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