31 Jul '18, 11pm

(8) Because they've adapted.

(8) Because they've adapted.

When a wildfire ravaged nearly 50,000 acres of forest in Andilla, Spain, in 2012, experts were devastated by the loss. The area had been used for decades to study the effects of a pathogenic fungus on more than 50 types of Mediterranean cypress. However, when researchers arrived, they found that not all of the trees had been consumed. About 946 cypresses, surrounded by the burned remains of thousands of other trees, remained bright and green. "On our way to what we knew would be a Dante-esque scene during that tragic summer, we felt deep sadness at the thought of losing a plot of such value to the conservation of biodiversity," botanist Bernabé Moya told BBC Mundo . "But we had hope that perhaps some of the cypresses had survived. "When we got there, we saw that all the common oaks, holm oaks, pines and junipers had completely burnt. But only 1.27 percent of the Mediterran...

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