Press Release: Green Forest No. 24
Mysteries of Karst
Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) has released its 24th issue of the popular student activity magazine, Green Forest, entitled “Mysteries of Karst.”
Karst landscapes represent one-sixth of the land area of Vietnam. Found mainly in the north and central regions of the country, karst is formed as a result of extensive weathering and erosion of limestone and other soluble rock over many millions of years.
Typical features of these unique natural landscapes include towering rock formations, vast cave networks and underground streams. Two of Vietnam’s more well-known karst landscapes include Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and Ha Long Bay, both of which have been recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
In additional to their natural beauty, karst landscapes also represent unique and biologically diverse ecosystems, supporting many rare or endemic plant and animal species. The Delacour’s langur is one such species, found only at Cuc Phuong National Park and surrounding areas.
In this latest issue of Green Forest, young readers have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into karst ecosystems, as well as learn more about how human activities are impacting karst landscapes.
As always, Green Forest includes an assortment of nature-related stories, games, comics, puzzles, and other activities aimed at making nature and environmental learning a fun experience. Green Forest also includes contributions from young readers throughout the country.
Green Forest is free and distributed through the ENV Family Network to students, schools, and environmental educators throughout Vietnam.
The next issue of Green Forest will be released in March 2007 and will focus on Birds of Vietnam. The deadline for contributions is November 30, 2006.
ENV wishes to thank World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and Mr. Tony Whitten for supporting this important educational resource.