The following passage is
excerpted from a popular journal of archeology.
About fifty miles west of Stonehenge,
buried in the peat bogs of the Somerset flatlands
in southwestern England, lies the oldest
road known to humanity. Dubbed the
“Sweet Track” after its discoverer, Raymond
Sweet, this painstakingly constructed 1800-
meter road dates back to the early Neolithic
period, some 6,000 years ago.
This book is based on the proceedings of a highly original interna
tional conference entitled Histoires de la Terre which took place at th
University of Sheffield from 30 March to 1 April 2007. Its chapter
explore how Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment developments i
the earth sciences and related fields (palaeontology, mining, agron
omy, archaeology, seismology, oceanography, evolutionary theory
etc.) impacted on contemporary French culture. They reveal that geo
logical ideas were a much more...
Credit story to Wild Pat Morgan, that laughing, reckless, black-haired
grandson of Ireland's peat bogs. To Pat Morgan, one-time flying lieutenant
of the AEF, ex-inventor, amateur boxer, and drinking companion par
I met Pat Morgan at the country club bar, one of those casual things.
After the third highball we were calling each other by our first names. By
the sixth we had dragged the family skeletons out of the closet and were
shaking the dust off them. A little later we were weeping on one
another's shoulders, and that's how it began....
The Weidmoos was originally an extensive raised bog. For many decades,
peat was extracted here on an industrial level.When the last peat was
cut in 2000, Nature started to dominate the area once more.What came
to be created was a mosaic of ponds, reeds and willow bushes, providing
many rare species of bird with an ideal habitat.
The Weidmoos gradually became a bird habitat of European significance.
Over 150 species of bird have been identified so far, of which some are
endangered on a European level.