30 Jun '16, 7am

Cement company may have caused extinction of 3 snail species

Cement company may have caused extinction of 3 snail species

Snails are being blown to extinction. And cement companies are to blame. By quarrying limestone hills for raw materials, cement companies are invariably destroying the only habitat of many snails, wiping out entire species at one go, conservationists allege. Take Plectostoma sciaphilum for example. This beautiful, dainty snail, known only from a single limestone hill at Bukit Panching, Pahang, in Peninsular Malaysia, went extinct in mid 2000s when a cement company quarried the hill for limestone. Several other species of the Plectostoma snails — referred to as “microjewels” for their ethereally designed shells — are spiraling towards extinction thanks to quarrying of limestone hills. Plectostoma obliquedentatum, photographed on limestone rocks near Kampung Labang, Interior Province, Sabah. Photo by Schilthuizen, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0 . In fact, when scientists di...

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