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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:05 PM
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New species found in Smokies
'Hot spot of biodiversity' shelters hundreds of unclassified plants and animals

ASHEVILLE - A 10-year study has found more than 6,000 species of plant and animal life previously unidentified in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Tuesday the All Taxa Biodiversity Project also discovered nearly 900 species that are new to science.

The results of the study were discussed Monday during a U.S. Senate subcommittee field hearing in Asheville.

The project began in 1997 to inventory all species in the park which covers more than 800 square miles in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. More than 1,000 scientists have studied species in the park, identifying a total of more than 16,000.

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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:08 PM
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1. Cool! thanks! nt
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Neoma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:12 PM
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2. No kidding!
Wow.
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:20 PM
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3. that's wonderful
I bet Smoky Mtn. smokes are part of that. J/K. But I've always heard that TN and NC are big growers. And that Rudolph guy made a living growing mj in his basement, or so I heard.

900 new species. Doesn't that just fill you with amazement? Life is beautiful.
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mr_hat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:24 PM
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4. You never know what you'll find in Beanie Weenies, either.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:58 PM
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5. Oscar? Is that you?
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ChazII Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:38 PM
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6. Way cool as
my NC friend would say.
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