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Arabian Jurassic Park (14 of 24)
Socotra, Yemen
By dustweare
01 Nov 2012

Landscape in Skand, the Haghier mountains. Studies have shown that the presence of fog in the highlands is crucial for Socotra's vegetation, as it represents up to 77% of total moisture received. Species like the Dragon Blood tree use their upraised branches to capture the mist. Socotra’s climate has been crucial in the evolution of its flora and fauna, leading to its outstanding biodiversity.

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Arabian Jurassic Park (8 of 24)
Socotra, Yemen
By dustweare
01 Nov 2012

Landscape in Skand, the Haghier mountains. Studies have shown that the presence of fog in the highlands is crucial for Socotra's vegetation, as it represents up to 77% of total moisture received. Species like the Dragon Blood tree use their upraised branches to capture the mist. Socotra’s climate has been crucial in the evolution of its flora and fauna, leading to its outstanding biodiversity.

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Arabian Jurassic Park (7 of 24)
Socotra, Yemen
By dustweare
01 Nov 2012

View from Dirhur valley. The omnipresent Dragon Blood tree is Socotra's icon, one of the most striking plants of the island. This strange-looking tree is one of its countless endemic species. The ancients thought its characteristically red sap was dragon's blood, and used it as a medicine and dye for hundreds of years. Experts have stated that the future of the species is threatened due to its poor reproduction under the climate change conditions.

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Arabian Jurassic Park (5 of 24)
Socotra, Yemen
By dustweare
01 Nov 2012

Trekking along the range that separates Dirhur and Durhur valleys to the south of the Haigher Mountains. Since a new airport was built in 2002, interest in this remote paradise has grown enormously. Though, even at its height prior to the Arab Spring, only 4,000 or so people visit. The area is attractive for committed travelers interested in ecotourism in exotic places. Nevertheless the traditional ways that have endured for centuries, which have been the keepers of Socotra's outstanding biodiversity, may be irreversibly damaged if the mass tourism and speculation takes over the place.

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Arabian Jurassic Park (18 of 24)
Socotra, Yemen
By dustweare
31 Oct 2012

Humid forest area high in the Haghier mountain range. Studies have revealed that the importance of fog present in the highlands is crucial for Socotra's vegetation as it can be as high as 77% of total moisture received. Species like the Dragon Blood tree use their upraised branches to capture fog water. Socotra’s climate has been crucial in the evolution of its flora and fauna, leading to its outstanding biodiversity.