014 - Badlands Meet the Ocean
Volcanic eruptions rewrite the image of a landscape and set back the natural evolution of local wildlife by millennia. Though pyroclastic rock is very rich in minerals, it takes a long-long time for soil to form out of rock, water, roots and dead plants.
This badland was created by a huge eruption 300 years ago. Three centuries was barely enough for the first plants to appear. Strong wind sprays oceanic saltwater everywhere which makes this process even harder and slower.
The only thing left is for us to wait and enjoy the view while protecting these fragile birthplaces of future wildlife.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Volcanic eruptions are very hard to predict. Even systematic joint research and non-stop monitoring by volcanologists, geologists and modern satellite analysis can't tell exactly when and how an eruption will undergo. However, earth movements and rumbles occuring weeks or months before an eruption are serious signs authorities will act upon: evacuate before the event, preparing for human and animal rescue and providing medical and housing support afterwards. Authorities are not the only ones providing support. There are organisations that will help during and after such calamities. Here are a few, please check them out and support their work: - The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has been uniting the UK's leading aid agencies to finance humanitarian relief since 1963. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, typhoons - they are ready to bring help.
Please check them out & donate to them here:
- Red Cross needs no introduction. They have a special Disaster Relief Fund to maintain the organisation's ongoing rescue and relief actions. When you donate, don't forget to mention which specific case you're supporting (country/crisis name) or donate simply to the Disaster Relief:
- One Green Planet has collected the most amazing NGOs when it comes to rescue animals in disaster situations. Please take a look and give them a helping hand: