Ghostly Biomes

Our reverence for graveyards has had an unintended benefit: protection of the land and ecosystems in which they are established. Some cemetaries protect species of plants that can no longer be found anywhere else. Some protect oldgrowth trees that would have otherwise been harvested long ago. In some instances, animals that live off particular plants or types of plants can only be found in graveyards.

I am fascinated by the unintended consequences of human culture. Too often, those consequences are negative (the crime spawned by U.S. alcohol prohibition, for example). This is a lovely example of a positive unintended consequence.

Posted on May 26th, 2003 by Katxena