Socotra Archipelago

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Running head: SOCOTRA ARCHIPELAGO 1 Socotra Archipelago Nicole A. Suddeth SCI/230 06/05/2011 Axia College of University of Phoenix
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SOCOTRA ARCHIPELAGO 2 Socotra Archipelago If there ever was a place that was forgotten by man and his technological advances, and indeed, by time itself, it has to be the Socotra Island. An island under the governance of Yemen, the Socotra Island is the largest island in the Middle East and is a world apart in itself. The Socotra Island has the tenth richest biodiversity in the world. The life on the Socotra Island is something that would be describable as nothing short of Paradise. There is such a diversity of life forms found on Socotra Archipelago. Everything in our power should be done to save this beautiful Island. The plant and animal life here is more reminiscent of Africa than of Middle East Asia. Not only is the plant and animal life that beacons travelers to this exotic destination. The natural beauty of Socotra is such that it easily ranks amongst the most beautiful places on earth. The place is so different from any on the planet that it is called the most alien land form on Earth. Despite its size, the island is home to a lot of historical monuments, virgin beaches, a lot of rugged coastlines and more than anything, a lot of breathtaking views. With a population of barely 60,000 inhabitants who speak mostly in Socotri or Arabic, this place definitely proves to be a very memorable holiday site, especially if you are out to check out the wonder of life in the Socotra Island. Socotra Archipelago is of universal importance because of its biodiversity with rich and distinct flora and fauna: 37% of Socotra's 825 plant species, 90% of its reptile species and 95% of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world. Much of the plant and animals found on this island cannot be found anywhere else in the world, there are more than 800 species of plants here, so if they die off then it is gone forever! Most of the vegetation found here is xenomorphic; it depends on very less water. One of these species here is the Dragon’s Blood
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SOCOTRA ARCHIPELAGO 3 Tree. The tree is called this because it gives out a red colored sap that is used in medicine and as
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