Along the Rivers – The Gallery Forests

Along the Rivers – The Gallery Forests

In this research paper, I have explored the gallery forests by clarifying the concept behind the term “gallery forest”, and studying their biogeography by reviewing some important ecoregions of North America and South America. I have discussed some of the notable gallery forests found in the Americas with respect to their geography, flora, and fauna. It is hoped that this paper will serve the interests of biologists, ecologists, botanists, zoologists, arborists, forest ecologists, biogeologists, biogeographists, and all other people including professionals, students, and laymen eager to learn about the gallery forests.


A gallery forest is a narrow stretch or strip of forest along the banks of a water body, such as a river or stream, flowing through an otherwise open country. In the above context, an open country is defined as a region that is treeless or sparsely covered with trees. A gallery forest is also known as a fringing forest or riparian forest or riverine forest. Such forests are commonly found along the water bodies flowing through the savanna (or savannah) regions. The gallery forests are known to contain different types of woody vegetation. The width of a gallery forest may vary from several miles to complete absence along the same river.
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The Hedgehog – the Spiny Ball!!

The Hedgehog – the Spiny Ball!!


A Piece of Poetry, from the Pen of an Earnest Biologist (Aditya Sardana aka Adidarwinian), dedicated to The Hedgehog – the Spiny Ball!!


“Look out under the log,

There lives a hedgehog,
It does not appear when the Sun shines,
Only to appear in the night as a ball of spines.”


Hedgehogs are found in the Europe, Africa, and Asia. Hedgehogs are the insectivorous (feeding on insects; insectivores) animals belonging to the subfamily Erinaceinae of the family Erinaceidae of the order Erinaceomorpha of the class Mammalia. Other members of the family Erinaceidae include the gymnures (subfamily Galericinae). The name “hedgehog” comes from its occurrence in the hedges or hedgerows, the pig-like (hog-like) snout, and the pig-like deep guttural sound made by it while searching for food.

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The Hayabusa Motorbike – Bird That Flies on the Road!!

The Hayabusa Motorbike – Bird That Flies on the Road!!


It is very apt for me to call the motorbike – Hayabusa – as “Bird That Flies on the Road”. What makes me do so is the subject of this paper which is sure to raise your adrenaline to colossal levels. Before proceeding further, it’s quite appropriate here to make my readers remember the popular American television series – Street Hawk. The thirteen episodes of this 1985’s much applauded TV thriller hovered around state of the art motorcycle capable of achieving speeds of over 300 miles per hour. I would now stop talking about any fictitious bike and would take you to a breakthrough in engineering that happened in the year before the arrival of the current millennium.


An Engineering Marvel Unleashed!


Hayabusa is a high-performance motorcycle, developed by Suzuki, which is famous for its immense power. Suzuki Hayabusa is one of the extreme machines to drive on the road, and can be aptly called as the “Rocket on Wheels” because of the astonishingly high speeds that it can attain. First model of this engineering marvel was developed in the year 1999. It broke the ultimate-velocity record of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 by achieving the overwhelming speed of 312 km/h or 194 mph (miles per hour). Hayabusa won the honor of the world’s fastest production motorcycle for the year 1999-2000. In order to stop speed genies running amok, a gentlemen’s agreement was signed by the manufacturers to limit the maximum speed achievable to 186 mph (300 km/h). Thus, current maximum speed of Hayabusa, is thus, limited to 186 mph (300 km/h). Hayabusa is acclaimed as the fastest production motorcycle of the 20th century or the fastest production motorcycle of the last millennium.

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The Exquisite Birds of Paradise – History and Mystery Deciphered!!

History and Mystery of The Exquisite Birds of Paradise Deciphered!


Two Short Pieces of Poetry, From the Pen of an Earnest Biologist (Aditya Sardana aka Adidarwinian), Dedicated To the Exquisiteness of the Birds of Paradise:


 
“Look in the sky, there fly the Birds Of Paradise,

Too beautiful to be described by our eyes,

Earning praise from the men both Ordinary and Wise.”


 
“The Birds of Paradise are the radiant gems of the Feathered Race,

For the naturalists and biologists, they are the Nature’s Grace.”


The Birds of Paradise are members of the family Paradisaeidae of the order Passeriformes (Perching Birds). The Birds of Paradise are highly admired for their extremely beautiful and extraordinarily developed plumage (plumage is the term used for the layer of feathers covering a bird’s body) unsurpassed by any other family of birds. This awesome pulchritude is shown by the male birds of paradise to attract the female birds of paradise. The male birds exhibit vivid colors and bizarre courtship dances. The sexual dimorphism shown by the Birds of Paradise is one of the best known examples of Charles Darwin’s theory of sexual selection. These birds are found in Australasia, and according to some ornithologists there are only 39 species of the Birds of Paradise. The natural habitat of most of these birds is in the remote mountainous rain forests of New Guinea4.

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