AstroDime member sam smiley is working on her dissertation and this documents a visit to the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, the Netherlands.
If you are in my generation (this is sam writing)..ahem..you might remember this game:
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Well, although the above is technically off topic, ASTRODIME’s current research is on invasive species, weeds, and climate change. In the spirit of that, we will share a picture of a hippopotums eating water hyacinth.
The above link is from Scott Macaskill, a photographer and blogger who posts images of wildlife in Africa. Check his facebook page out for more info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wildlife-Pictures-Online/
One thing about water hyacinth:
It is considered one of the world’s most invasive plants, according to the Global Invasive Species Database. (Provenance of that web site still unclear, but it does have handy info)
It is the topic of my dissertation, water hyacinth. (Me being sam smiley) In the next few years, one of the long research arms of AstroDime may extend into this inquiry..
In general, AstroDime is currently concerned with our usual topics of communication and transportation, but we are also researching climate change in the Anthropocene era. Yes the era in which human activities CHANGE global climate conditions. Yikes.
In closing, I would highly like to recommend this book which made me both laugh and cry at the same time at human attempts to regulate water ecologies in the early 1900’s. LIFE, I say, is ALWAYS stranger than fiction.