October 29, 2003

Insidious little creatures!

This is more of a problem than I thought. It appears that the earthworms are destroying an area in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park!

There was no forest litter, or "duff,'' to be found in a section of forest. Instead of the rich organic matter that typifies the forest floors of the area, researchers found unusual, squiggling gray earthworms and a healthy load of their excrement.

Seems the critters were eating everything in sight, and, as luck would have it, they were located smack in the middle of a rich, rare plant community.

My question: when will this story break the big-time?

Posted by Julie Young at October 29, 2003 01:10 AM

The Earth Worms maybe creepy but some reason I feel remorse for them now because of your touching story. They probably have a purpose on Earth just refer to their name! I hope you contiune to research and keep us update. A sad story can have a happy ending.

Posted by: Tiffany Graham at October 29, 2003 05:36 PM

And my mom always said that I shouldn't step on the worms...I don't but now if I do by accident, I won't feel such remorse.

Posted by: Amanda at October 29, 2003 06:06 PM

haha, I used to hate worms when I was younger--then we dissected one in 6th grade Earth Science, and I grew fond of the swuggly little things. Now I'm having second thoughts.... why shouldn't I smash the little buggers for destroying a park or two?! (oh wait, maybe smash isn't a good word to use because I just remembered that they regenerate parts that are cut off... hmm, how about mush the worms? Mushing is more deliberate and the product is less recognizable, right?)

Posted by: Karissa at October 30, 2003 03:52 PM

What an odd, icky delight this whole earthworm thread has been. Seems very fitting for Halloween!

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 31, 2003 04:57 PM
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