Copyright (c) Sarah "Sallie" Thayer
Copyright 2004 © Ronald W. Hull
With kudzu rising it's not surprising,
That the killer bee moves north.
The sparrow sings while the bee stings,
And the black starling has no worth. Bamboo inches, its tendrils itches,
To slowly cover earth.
Eucalyptus grows in stately rows,
Pissing acid rain like it was Perth. Fire ant mounds, daily hounds,
The grazing brahma’s berth.
Kudzu crawls up our walls,
And peeks into our mirth. Treetop high, it shades the sky,
Creeping beneath a sea of green.
Not the first, nor the last,
To conquer our pristine scene. Asian men walked a thin slice,
Thirty thousand years before,
Crossing over a bridge of ice,
To reach this hallowed shore. The steeds of conquistadors,
Came and played to preen.
The Irish come from Ireland,
For the “wearin’ of the green.” And now the South is wearin’ it,
As the kudzu crawls on north.
“Watch out bamboo, here I come.”
Another alien among us, …
… for what it’s worth!
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The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth-largest saline body of water. It has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s, after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet Union irrigation projects. Now it's almost gone, leaving a desert full of old shipwrecks.
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"Pearls are an organic gem created by oysters, clams, and mussels, mollusks that are found in both freshwater and marine habitats. Pearls harvested from saltwater are sometimes referred to as Oriental pearls, while those from freshwater are called freshwater or river pearls.
A pearl is an abnormal growth that results when a foreign object, such as a grain of sand, invades the soft inner tissues of a mollusk's body. The particle acts as an irritant inside the mollusk and is coated with layers of material called nacre, or mother-of-pearl, which is secreted by the animal's shell-secreting cells. Nacre is composed of aragonite, a form of calcium carbonate, and also contains a small amount of conchiolin, a horn-like organic substance (albuminoid) that is the main component of the mollusk's outer shell.
These gems are characterized by their translucence, luster, and the delicate play of surface color called orient, which is the soft iridescence caused by the refraction of light by the layers of nacre. The more perfect the shape (spherical or drop like) and the deeper its luster, the greater the value of a pearl. Pearls are found in many colors but the most prized are white, black, cream, and rose -- the Indian rose pearls being the most esteemed. Color varies according to the species of mollusk and its environment."