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10 Things You Should Know About Bermuda’s Geology

10 facts about Bermuda's geology you probably don't already know!   1. Volcanic Formation –Bermuda Wasn’t Always Where it Lies Today The American and European tectonic plates meet at a place in the Atlantic Ocean called the mid-Atlantic ridge. Here, magma from the earth’s core constantly bubbles up and cools, forming new rock that pushes the ridge apart at as much as 4cm per year. The landmass we now call Bermuda originated from somewhere only slightly west of the mid-Atlantic…


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Bermuda Beasts: Remoras or Sucker Sharks

Have you ever been snorkeling or diving and suddenly found yourself with an uninvited guest stuck to your flipper? Sucker sharks, notorious for hitching a ride, may be some of the laziest creatures in the ocean. 1. Remoras adhere to…


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Exploring Bermuda’s Outdoor Places & Spaces

Where to go, when to go and what to look for while there. The transition from summer to fall is a welcome one. As the weather starts to cool down, we can finally spend more time outside without the oppressive…


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Field Notes: Tamarisk

Bermuda is by no means devoid of green foliage, despite the loss of probably seventy per cent of the native Juniper. The subject of these notes, the Tamarisk (Tamarix Gallica), or as many people prefer to call it, the Spruce,…


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Pawpaw Paradise

I’ve never planted a pawpaw tree (Carica papaya) in my life.  There was never a reason to do so. After all, when we bought our house, it came with a pawpaw tree complete with fruit. Once that one died, another…

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Bermuda Beasts: Chiton

Local beachcombers are likely to come across the oval-shaped chitons that are known to us as "suck rocks" - but what are these creatures? What do they eat? How do they see? And where do they come from? Here are 5 things…