Life above and below water
In this volume:
Adventures and explorations
Text & Photos: Heiko Bleher (pp. 6-34)
When the Portugese seafarer Fernão Pó discovered the mouth of the west African river Wouri in 1472, he could have had no idea that the name he gave the river, “Rio dos Camarões” (River of shrimps) would still be in use for the region more than 500 years later. he gave the river its name because it seethed with these tiny crustaceans, and although that is no longer the case today, the version of the name subsequently used by colonists – Cameroon – is still valid today. The ag team has travelled across the country, an independent republic since 1960, to visit Est province.
Endangered, threatened, or extinct
THE ARAL SEA IS DEAD!
Text & Photos: Heiko Bleher (pp. 35-49)
The Aral Sea was formerly an immense freshwater sea, the fourth largest lake on our planet and the source of food for hundreds of thousands of people. It was home to 148 different species of fishes, some of them endemic, and innumerable other aquatic lifeforms. But now it is dead, and all the life it contained is lost forever! And it is all the fault of Man!
The wonderful world of water
Photos: Astrid Witte, Casey mahaney, John E. Randall Y Richard Pyle – Text: Astrid Witte (pp. 52-60)
Kiritimati is the largest atoll on Earth, and lies at the southern end of the Line Islands in the south-eastern Pacific. The island belongs to the independent republic of Kiribati, formerly known as the Gilbert Islands. Today Kiribati comprises three groups of islands: the Gilbert, Phoenix, and Line Islands. Our wide-ranging freelance contributor Astrid Witte reports on Kiritimati and its unique underwater world.
Text & Photos: Armin Maywald (pp. 62-65)
The well-known German photographer and writer Armin Maywald presents some impressive shots of the fantastic souther right whale and elephant seals from his incredible collection of spectacular natural history photos.
Temperate aquatic zones
Photos: Massimo Brega – Text: Andrea Brega (pp. 68-84)
The River Piave is steeped in history, from the Stone Age, through the Middle Ages, to the First World War. Even today it is nevertheless filled with life, above and below water, from its source right down to the sea, as if to say “Nature can survive anything!”. The unique photos of Massimo Brega help create a portrait of this natural spectacle in Italy.
Photos: Heiko Bleher & Dr. Jacques Géry – Text: Heiko Bleher (pp. 88-96)
Every year fires started by Man destroy an area larger than Portugal, mostly in Brazil, in the last remaining great rainforest on Earth. Innumerable species of animals and plants are disappearing every second, and what is being done about it? Nothing! We report on the lunacy of humankind.
“All’s right with the world”
Photos: Mark Allen & Gerald R. Allen – Text: Mark Allen (pp. 98-107)
The Kimberley Region in northern Australia is a fascinating area that everyone should see for themselves! In ag 3 we showed you the coast, this time we travel though the interior.
Myths & legends
FISH MYTHS OF THE WORLD IV
Photos drawings: Josef Guter & ag archives – Text: Josef Guter (pp. 109-111)
We continue our researches into the myths and legends regarding the fish and its relationship with the peoples of the Earth. This time Professor Josef Guter tells us about the fish myths of the New World.
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