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Montserrat: An Emerald Rising Through The Ash

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The island of Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory in the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles island chain, has been devastated by the forces of nature in its recent history, but could its fortunes as an overseas destination soon be on the rise again?

Dubbed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, due to its similarity to the coast of Ireland and because many of its early settlers were Irish, Montserrat was establishing itself as one of the most exclusive destinations in the Caribbean until it was hit by the 140 mile per hour winds of Hurricane Hugo in September 1989. Ninety percent of its buildings were damaged, and the task of rebuilding had hardly been completed when the island suffered an eruption of the previously dormant, Soufriere Hills Volcano, on July 18, 1995.

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Irish cultural displacement, slavery, natural disasters - Montserrat is an interesting place, and part of the Commonwealth.

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Release of mountain chickens project successful, important research gathered

Release of mountain chickens project successful, important research gathered | Happily blogging in the classroom | Scoop.it

“Chytrid was first discovered in Montserrat in February 2009 by the Forestry staff and is the main cause of the recent dramatic decline in numbers of mountain chickens in the wild. The Chytrid fungus is transmitted by tree frogs and cane toads and currently there is no known method of getting rid of the fungus. Despite the threat of the fungus the mountain chickens were released as an experiment to try to help us understand more about the interactions between the frogs and the fungus and to see how these captive-bred animals would cope with being released into the wild."

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Mountain-chickens are a type of large frog native to Montserrat. They are so called because they are eaten like chickens and large like chickens.

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Montserrat volcano poses a constant danger - Planet Earth

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Montserrat's volcano is a threat to the island's inhabitants even when it is not erupting, say scientists. Souffriere Hills volcano, Montserrat.

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Souffriere Hills forbidden zone... two-thirds of Montserrat was covered in ash and ruined by a massive eruption of the Mt Souffriere in 1995. The capitol Plymouth and William H. Bramble airport were buried and many Montserratians evacuated or relocated to relatively nearby Antigua.

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Montserrat volcano active again

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For the first time in two years, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) monitoring the Soufriere Hills volcano noted unusual activity, with increased seismicity, accompanied by ash fall.

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Montserrat: known by natives and indigenous peoples as "land of the prickly bush". The small Caribbean island is mountainous, volcanic and covered in prickly bushes or brambles. "Bramble" is a common surname on the island. The country's political hero was named William H. Bramble and had the airport named after him. Titus Bramble was a black West Indian player in the EPL, possibly Montserratian, or with heritage. A great-great-grandfather of mine was James Bramble a native Montserratian and emancipated slave; and a seaman by profession who sailed from Montserrat to Australia and married an Australian in the late 19th century. Lived at 99 Kent St Miller's Point and was married at St John's Anglican Church in Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW. He's buried at Waverly cemetry.

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Mark Knopfler, Clapton, Collins & Sting - Money for Nothing

Amazing version in the concert for montserrat. Mark at the gibson lespaul, clapton at the strat, sting at the vocals, and collins at the drums.

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British musicians turn-out in support of the Commonwealth nation of Montserrat.

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Montserrat mountain receives more than 2.1 million tourists in 2012

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Monistrol de Montserrat (ACN). - The Catalan multi-peaked mountain, which displays unique rock rounded shapes, received 2,193,142 tourists during 2012, a 3.7% drop on last year. The reason for this fall can be found in the decrease in the number of local tourists as a consequence of the current economic situation. On the other hand, there has been a rise in the visitors to the Natural Park surrounding the mountain...


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Is this the Spanish peak featuring a church or monastery, that Columbus named the island nation of Montserrat after, in the Lesser Antilles chain of islands of the West Indies?

 

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