Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Time travel to bogs, fens, flats, by inchmeal - how deep is Camosun Bog?

This is a bamboo stick, about 1.6 metres, buried in the peat.  Let's pull it out.  (look closely at the moss near the stick.  Can you spot the sundews?)

The layers of peat go down 5 metres, or 2000 years worth of sphagnum moss.  Each metre below the surface represents about 400 years.  So this stick went back in time, touching peat moss from the time of Shakespeare.  Bogs weren't considered so beneficial back then:
               All the infections that the sun sucks up 
 From bogs, fens, flats, on Prosper fall, and make him
By inch-meal a disease!
The Tempest, II, ii, William Shakespeare