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Introduced Species Introduction

INTRODUCTION

Most of the ideas and theories discussed in the chapters ahead are my own from my own experiences and observations during my life. A few have been adopted from things I have read but all are what I believe, I hope I can make you a believer as well and encourage more people to question our existence and impact we have had on the environment of this planet.

Let me get a few things straight, right from the start. I believe there is Life on other Planets, I do not believe there is a God presiding over us at least not in the biblical sense. I have my theories as to where the Biblical stories originated and I do not believe in Ghosts, that is, as in dead people haunting a particular place, but I will discuss my ideas on that matter later in the book.

You will find a lot of my references are to things relating to my home country Australia, I apologise for that to any readers not from Australia, but I am sure you will get the gist of what I am about.

Over the years as man has spread himself all over this planet he has taken with him his little luxuries, the things he loves most. Sometimes it is his favourite pet, other times it may be his favourite flower or fruit. Whatever the thing, be it animal, vegetable or mineral man has dragged these items of personal indulgence away from the place where Nature intended them to be, and dropped them into a strange and in some cases hostile environment.

However, animals adapt and plants mutate and cross-pollinate and so become an integral part of the new environment in which they have been forced. It is also evident that in most cases the introduced species thrive and eventually dominate the area where they have been introduced. So is the case with the Rabbit in Australia taken away from it’s original environment in Europe where it’s numbers are controlled by the weather and disease’s, and brought to the shores of Australia as pets and or the favourite Sunday roast of the then settlers. The Climate was warm and free of the disease’s that kept numbers down and therefore they managed to reach plague proportions. Decimating the Native Fauna and Flora.

Or the dreaded Salvation Jane, “Patterson’s Curse” (Echium Plantagineum), Introduced into Australia to remind the settlers of the lavender hills and fields of their homes in Europe and Britain. It has spread across the southern part of the Australian continent like a wild fire, as with the European Carp, introduced into the Australian River system where it has almost destroyed it. The Portuguese Millipede, the Cane Toad and Fox etc. Stories similar to these occur all over the globe, this book is written about the most destructive, wide spread introduced species on the whole of this planet, Homo Sapiens.

This Phylum has taken this planet from the lush healthy incipient world it was 50,000 years ago to the sick-decaying lump of rock hardly capable of sustaining life, as we know it today.
Looking at the way nature provides for itself and how every thing that has some impact also has a counter balance. Only something that was not meant to be part of the natural evolution of this planet could have made such an indelible imprint.

Chapter 1 coming soon
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Introduced Species Introduction

Steve Page

Highland Valley, Australia

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