Natures Survivors

Books are societies survivors. They are used, kept, abandoned and recycled. How long will it be until they are considered obsolete? Until people are bored of paper and switch to digital?

This subject has lead me to explore natures survivors which have an “against all odds” attitude.

The first on the list is ‘Lecanora Conizaeoides’ a type of lichen which was one of the rarest in Europe. But during the industrial era in the British Isles, where sulphites and other chemicals resulted in acid rain, most lichens were greatly reduced and some wiped out completely. Due to its impermeable surface; where most lichens absorbed rainwater the Lecanora repelled it, resulting in it going from one of the rarest to the most common in a matter of 10 years.

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The second, are little creatures called ‘Tardigrades” which are also known as “Water Bears” or “Moss Piglets”.

These remarkably cute invertebrates have an exceptional ability of surviving, as when environment is under threat, they expel all water from their body replacing it with salts and sugars. Once they are in this dehydrated state, they can survive from over 100 degrees C all the way down to just above ‘absolute zero’, which means, they have even been known to survive in outer space! Their ability to adapt to survive is incredible, and makes them one of a kind; a natural miracle.

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