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    How The Thames, Once a Zombie River, Was Brought Back to Life

    How The Thames, Once a Zombie River, Was Brought Back to Life

    Sharks, beavers, and humans are all returning to Londons iconic waterway thanks to decades of restoration work.

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    AROUND 200 YEARS AGO, DURING the Industrial Revolution, Londons River Thames was both a hub of trade and transport and a dumping ground for human excretion and industrial waste. The cradle of Englands industrial heritage was quickly becoming a glorified sewer. The stench was so unbearable during the sweltering summer of 1858 that it forced some government offices on the riverbank to close. That summer earned the nickname the Great Stink.

    The Great Stink never garnered the notoriety of Londons Great Fire or Great Plague, although we can at least thank the stench for inspiring the invention of the modern sewage system. But the Thames didnt hit rock bottom until 1957, when the citys Natural History Museum declared the river biologically dead. Wildlife that hadnt fled were expiring in the water. On the Thames, The Guardian would write two years later, people were living near and working on what was to all intents and purposes an open sewer.


    This past November, a health checkup by the Zoological Society of London revealed what the group hadnt seen in the River Thames for more than 60 years: promising signs of life. Hundreds of species, including 115 types of fish, 6-foot sharks, seahorses, eels, and the occasional stray whale now call the body home. The Thamesthe River of Death, the zombie rivercan finally shed its biologically dead label, according to the societys report. The resurrection has brought benefits both to the creatures who dwell within it and the ones who live, work, and play on its banks.


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    It still smells down at the water's edge. But at least fish can live in it now.
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    The river rises at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, and flows into the North Sea near Tilbury, Essex and Gravesend, Kent, via the Thames Estuary.


    Yes Gloucestershire where I live is the centre of the universe.
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    In 3 weeks, this will be the center of the universe:


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    Quote Originally Posted by DGUtley View Post
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    Uh uh, in November Qatar will be the centre of the universe. The football World Cup finals is being played there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGUtley View Post
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    Please don't make us play in the Cheezy Bowl again. Can Clemson play in one with a real traditional name again?
    Let's go Brandon !!!

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