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U.K. “ghost ponds” may help restore lost habitats

Aug 02, 2017, 8:06 AM EDT
(Source: mendhak/flickr)
(Source: mendhak/flickr)

A team of scientists from the University College London have resurrected seeds from “ghost ponds” – the ponds in the English countryside that were not drained but filled with organic matter and water more than 100 years ago.

The breakthrough holds key to the revival of certain extinct plant species, which can eventually restore lost habitats and ecosystems, writes Inhabitat.

With the help of Ordnance Survey maps, other historical records and visual tell-tale signs, the researchers seek to unearth nearly 600,000 ghost ponds that are hiding huge ecological richness, notes Futurism.

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