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The Infusoria of Ichaboe

In 1842, the tiny, uninhabited southern African island of Ichaboe was the site of acute speculative activity in the form of guano mining. Within just a few years, fierce and often desperate competition left the island essentially stripped of its ecological history. Though guano’s fertilising power was the paramount focus, an unanticipated spin-off enterprise arose […]