Chilean isle serves as lab for grad students


Long ago, as the Yaghán indigenous people tell it, a devastating drought struck the land at the bottom of the world, and birds began to die of thirst. The wily fox had a lagoon, but selfishly concealed it so the birds wouldn’t find it. He didn’t hide it well enough, however, and one enterprising bird spotted the lake. “Fox, fox, share your water with us,” the birds pleaded, but the fox refused. The owl decided to summon the omora, a hummingbird that spent part of the year in this land—the cold, windswept Navarino Island, which is south of Tierra del Fuego, not far from Antarctica. The hummingbird battled the fox and spilled water from the lake to the benefit of all, creating the rivers... [Log in to read more]

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