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      >From: "CERN Secretariat" <secretariat@...>
      >To: <cerninfo@yahoogroups.com>
      >Subject: GreenWire: New Caribbean Natural World Heritage Site
      >Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 17:13:16 -0400
      >
      >GreenWire: New Caribbean Natural World Heritage SIte
      >
      >SUZHOU, July 2, CERN - St Lucia's Pitons Management Area, home to the
      >famous twin peaks known as the Pitons, has been added to UNESCO's World
      >Heritage List of sites by an international committee meeting this week
      >in Suzhou, China.
      >
      >The 2,909 hectare site near the town of Soufriere, includes the Pitons,
      >two volcanic peaks rising side by side from the sea: Gros Piton (770
      >metres) and Petit Piton (743 metres), which are linked by the Piton
      >Mitan ridge.
      >
      >The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous
      >fumeroles and hot springs. The St Lucian government has undertaken to
      >explore the feasibility of using the long-dormant volcano as a source of
      >alternative energy.
      >
      >The Pitons site also includes an extensive underwater area covered
      >mostly by coral reefs.
      >
      >A survey has revealed hundreds of species of finfish, corals, molluscs,
      >sponges and other marine creatures. Endangered Hawksbill turtles, whale
      >sharks and pilot whales also call the area home.
      >
      >The Pitons are covered by a mix tropical moist forest and subtropical
      >wet forest with small areas of dry forest and wet elfin woodland on the
      >summits.
      >
      >The natural treasures of the area also include 148 plant species
      >recorded on Gros Piton, 97 on Petit Piton and the ridge, and eight rare
      >tree species.
      >
      >The Gros Piton is home to some 27 bird species, five of which are unique
      >to the area, and a few species of indigenous rodents, opossum, bats,
      >reptiles and amphibians.
      >
      >The Pitons are the fourth Natural World Heritage Site declared in the
      >Caribbean. The other three sites are Dominica's Morne Trois Pitons
      >National Park and two national parks in Cuba, the Desembarco del Granma
      >National Park and Alexander Von Humboldt National Park.
      >
      >(CERN)
      >
      >EDITORS: More information at
      >http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=21380&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECT
      >ION=201.html


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