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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Longest Beaver Dam In The World

Ecologist Jean Thie, Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, has found a 850m long beaver dam in northern Alberta.

He discovered it while scanning Google Earth images for signs of climate change. Based on older aerial photos, the massive beaver dam did not exist in 1975 but had almost reached its current size by 1990.

Beavers are one of the few species that leave a footprint on Earth that is visible by satellite.
















Stand aside, Alien Cephalopod/Reptoid Overlords.

All hail the Beavers!


Would you like to know more?
- Official website (Ecoinformatics International Inc.) with a KMZ link to Google Earth

3 Comments:

Anonymous said...

THAT'S AWESOME!!!! :) I was wondering if there was a better photo of that beaver dam????

Lim Leng Hiong said...

Hi Anon 3:32,

Welcome to Fresh Brainz! Yes, there is a larger photo available from the Ecoinformatics page (link provided in the post above).

didgeridood said...

Beavers are one of the few species that leave a footprint viewable from space, eh? Sounds like they too are contributing to Global Warming, maybe even the housing crisis! We need laws keeping these uppity beavers at bay!

:D