Contact: Jana Bodicky
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Caption: Researchers from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen and other institutions are studying the development of a fledgling ecosystem at a site called Huehnerwasser or "Chicken Creek." In a former open‑pit coal mining area of Brandenburg, Germany, scientists partitioned off a surface of six hectares and left nature to its own resources. They are closely observing soil, flora, and fauna to determine what factors have a particularly strong influence on developing ecosystems.
Credit: Michael Elmer, BTU Cottbus
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