Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hassel Island, USVI

The island across the channel from Water Isand is Hassel. During WWII the island was used to store munitions. Both explosive and chemical were stored here. The munitions were supposedly removed after the war but there may still be undiscovered ordinance about so most of the island is not accessible to the public.

Click on the picture to enlarge and it is obvious how the jungle has taken over. The above picture reminds me of Vanuatu in the sense the Morning Glory vines had taken over the landscape there as well. The Army discovered how quickly Morning Glory covers, so they planted it near installations to provide cover from airplanes. Morning Glory quickly over powers the host plant and becomes dominant in the jungle. Another introduced pest!

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