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Earth From Above - France, Yann Arthus-Bertrand Aerial Photography :France From Above : Helicopter in the Cirque de Salazie Wallpaper
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- France From Above : Helicopter in the Cirque de Salazie , Helicopter in the Cirque de Salazie, ?le de la Reunion, France (21°01’S, 55°32’E).
In the mountainous center of Reunion island, waterfalls streak the vegetation that clings to the precipitous walls of the Cirque de Salazie. Dominated by the Piton des Neiges (at 10,063 feet, or 3,069 m), this vast, 38.6-square-mile (100-km2) crater is the most accessible of the three cirques on Reunion. Constant volcanic activity has given this island the most rugged relief in the Mascarene Islands, the group comprising Reunion, Mauritius, and Rodrigues. This region has been notorious for the serial extinctions of animal and plant species that have happened here ever since the first Europeans arrived in the sixteenth century. Although the dodo, devoured by the greed of sailors on Mauritius, is the most deeply symbolic of these extinctions, at least six other bird species and 100 plants, all endemic, have disappeared from the region, and therefore from the world, forever. A small bird of prey, the Mauritius kestrel, was brought back from the brink: its population rose from just four individuals in the wild in 1974 to 400 pairs in 1996, thanks to habitat conservation and the release into the wild of birds bred in captivity.
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