The Google Forest

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Google Forest

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You may have thought that the age of exploration was over. But you would be wrong. The world is a big place and even in this modern age we are still finding hidden corners–places untouched by humans.

Thanks to our modern age exploring has become a lot easier. In 2005, a scientist at London’s [tippy title="Kew Gardens"]Link here![/tippy] discovered a rainforest, but he didn’t have to travel halfway around the world to do it. He didn’t even have to leave his desk.

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Dr. Julian Bayliss, a conservation scientist, was using Google Earth to search for rainforests in Africa. One day, he discovered a large area of lush forest on a peak called Mount Mabu in Mozambique. In fact, at 27 square miles, it turned out to be the largest medium-altitude rainforest in Africa. Moreover, he discovered the area had never been studied before.

Next, Kew Gardens sent a research team to Mount Mabu. What they discovered was beyond their wildest expectations. The forest was full of endangered species of birds, orchids, trees, large animals such as monkeys, and antelopes and many kinds of insects. They even found completely unknown species on the first visit.

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Since its discovery, the government of Mozambique has worked to protect the ‘Google Forest’ as it is sometimes called. For one thing, commercial logging is banned in the area and it has been made into a national park.

 

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[tippy title ="You may have thought that" header=“off”] ~と思ったかもしれない[/tippy] [tippy title ="the age of exploration" header=“off”] 大航海時代[/tippy] [tippy title ="was over" header=“off”] 終わった[/tippy]. But [tippy title ="you would be wrong" header=“off”] それは間違っている[/tippy]. The world is a big place and [tippy title ="even in this modern age" header=“off”] 現代世界においても[/tippy] [tippy title ="we are still finding hidden corners" header=“off”] 今も、世界の隠れた隅々[/tippy]–places [tippy title ="untouched by humans" header=“off”] 人間の手付かずの[/tippy].

[tippy title ="Thanks to" header=“off”] ~のおかげで[/tippy] our modern age [tippy title ="exploring" header=“off”] 探検すること[/tippy] [tippy title ="has become a lot easier" header=“off”] はるかに楽になった[/tippy]. In 2005, a scientist at London’s [tippy title ="Kew Gardens" header=“off”] キューガーデン Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew [subtippy title=”(image)”]Link here![/subtippy] はイギリスの首都ロンドン南西部のキューにある王立植物園。キュー植物園などとも呼ばれる。[/tippy] [tippy title ="discovered a rainforest" header=“off”] 熱帯雨林を発見した[/tippy], but he [tippy title ="didn't have to travel halfway around the world to do it" header=“off”] それをするのに世界の裏側まで行かなくてもよかった[/tippy]. He [tippy title ="didn't even have to leave his desk" header=“off”] 席を離れる必要もなかった[/tippy].

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Dr. Julian Bayliss, [tippy title ="a conservation scientist" header=“off”] 環境保護研究員[/tippy], [tippy title ="was using Google Earth" header=“off”] グーグルアース を使っていた◆Google Earth – Google社が提供する世界規模の衛星写真閲覧ソフトウェア。マウス操作で地球上のあらゆる場所の衛星写真が確認でき、車や人が見える程度まで拡大できる。無料版もありホームページよりダウンロードが可能。◆URLhttp://earth.google.com/[/tippy] [tippy title ="to search for rainforests" header=“off”] 熱帯雨林を探すために[/tippy] in Africa. One day, he discovered [tippy title ="a large area of lush forest on a peak called Mount Mabu" header=“off”] マウントマブという山の頂きに幅広い生い茂った森[/tippy] in Mozambique. [tippy title ="In fact" header=“off”] 実際[/tippy], [tippy title ="at 27 square miles" header=“off”] 27平方マイル(約43平方キロ)で[/tippy], [tippy title ="it turned out " header=“off”] ~であるとわかった[/tippy] to be the largest [tippy title ="medium-altitude" header=“off”] 中高度の[/tippy] rainforest in Africa. [tippy title ="Moreover" header=“off”] その上に[/tippy], he discovered the area [tippy title ="had never been studied before" header=“off”] 研究されたことはなかった[/tippy].

Next, Kew Gardens [tippy title ="sent a research team to Mount Mabu" header=“off”] マウントマブに研究チームを派遣した[/tippy]. [tippy title ="What they discovered" header=“off”] 発見したことは[/tippy] was [tippy title ="beyond their wildest expectations" header=“off”] 想像もつかないほど[/tippy]. The forest was [tippy title ="full of" header=“off”] ~でいっぱいである[/tippy] [tippy title ="endangered species of birds" header=“off”] 絶滅危惧種の鳥の宝庫[/tippy], [tippy title ="orchids" header=“off”] ラン、蘭、蘭の花[/tippy], trees, large animals such as monkeys, and [tippy title ="antelopes" header=“off”] 《動物》レイヨウ、アンテロープ◆アフリカおよびアジア南西部原産の、枝分かれしない角を持つウシ科の偶蹄類の総称で、インパラ、ガゼル、スプリングボックなどが含まれる。[/tippy] and many kinds of [tippy title ="insects" header=“off”] 昆虫[/tippy]. [tippy title ="They even found completely unknown species" header=“off”] 全く未知の種まで発見した[/tippy] on the first visit.

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[tippy title ="Since its discovery" header=“off”] その発見以来[/tippy], [tippy title ="the government of Mozambique" header=“off”] モザンビーク政府[/tippy] [tippy title ="has worked to protect" header=“off”] 保護する政策に乗り出した[/tippy] the ‘Google Forest’ [tippy title ="as it is sometimes called" header=“off”] 時に~と呼ばれる[/tippy]. [tippy title ="For one thing" header=“off”] 一例を挙げると[/tippy], [tippy title ="commercial logging is banned" header=“off”] 商業的木材の切り出しは禁止されている[/tippy] in the area and [tippy title ="it has been made into a national park" header=“off”] 国立公園にされた[/tippy].

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Mount Everest to Get a Cleanup

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[tippy title ="It has been more than 60 years since" header=“off”] (~してから)もう60年以上になる[/tippy] [tippy title ="Edmund Hillary" header=“off”] 1953年の彼のシェルパ族ガイド・テンジン・ノルゲイと最初にエベレスト山の頂上に到達したニュージーランド登山家(1919年生まれ)[/tippy] and [tippy title ="Tenzing Norgay" header=“off”] テンジン・ノルゲイ◆ネパール生まれのシェルパ(1914~1986)。1953年にエドモンド・ヒラリーと史上初のエベレスト登頂を果した。[/tippy] [tippy title ="climbed to the summit of Everest" header=“off”] エベレストの山頂に登って(から)[/tippy]. The summit [tippy title ="was a lonely and pristine place in those days" header=“off”] その頃は孤立した無垢(汚れのない自然のまま)の場所だった[/tippy]. [tippy title ="These days" header=“off”] この頃、近頃(は)[/tippy], however, the summit…

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Mount Everest to be Cleaned Up きれいになるエベレスト山
It has been more than 60 years since (〜してから)もう60年以上になる
climbed to the summit of Everest エベレストの山頂に登って(から)
was a lonely and pristine place in those days その頃は孤立した無垢(汚れのない自然のまま)の場所だった
these days この頃、近頃(は)

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It has been more than 60 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed to the summit of Everest. The summit was a lonely and pristine place in those days. These days, however, the summit is a busy place. Almost 4, 000 people have climbed to the summit in the past 60 years, and most of them in the past decade. Along with all the people has come the problems that people bring, like garbage. It has been estimated that there are over 50 tons of garbage on Everest. Plastic bottles, clothes, ropes, damaged tents and oxygen canisters are only a few examples. Sadly, the highest mountain in the world has become the highest garbage dump in the world.

The Tourism Ministry of Nepal has decided to do something about the problem. From the next climbing season climbers will be required to collect and bring trash back down with them to base camp— to be precise eight kilograms per climber. Those who do not comply with the new regulations will be fined or face some other legal action.

If the campaign works, they plan to expand it to other peaks in Nepal.

I am all for it. I know it really upsets me when I see litter on my hiking trips. How about you? What do you think?

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