about this blog

I’m glad you are reading this, as ‘Challenging Habitat’ could be about anything and you must have been curious to get this far.

This blog could be about communities living in extreme natural environments, such as lakes beneath thousands of meters of ice in Antarctica, smoking vents in the deep ocean, or droplets of moisture in the atmosphere. Amazing details emerge as scientists discover more! It could be about people who face adversity in homes, at work, and in areas of conflict, drought and famine. Disturbing and far too complex for me to write about. There are so many angles from which you can see this…

My beautiful picture
Open pit metal mine in Andalucia, Spain.  Photo:  C Braungardt

…but I will write about changes to the natural environment that are human-made and create both, problems and opportunities. Here, I will focus on metal mine sites, which captivated me sufficiently to study them and their impact for best part of the last 20 years.

I might digress at times to other things, but ‘challenging’ will remain a theme.