Jan 30, 2006

Too much of a good thing

Human ashes are making Scotland's mountains too lush and green.
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland says nature lovers and other admirers of Scotland's picturesque mountains have taken to requesting in their wills that they want their ashes dumped on the summit of their favorite peak when they die.
The result, the council says, is that a number of the more popular mountaintops are all too frequently being dusted by cremated remains, and the practice is having an unwanted chemical effect on the ecology of the surrounding area.
What happens is that plant growth is being stimulated by phosphate enrichment and changes in the acidity and alkalinity of the soil, marring the bleakness that many find so attractive in Scotland's mountain ranges.

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