2010/07/26

Coconut islands in the desert

Desert Island and Sea Island.... 
From the point of view of multi functional landscape management, some coconut plantations isolated in Oman desert areas are comparable to islands in seas or lakes. The only thing is that these islands are insulated by "a sea of sand" instead of water... The coconut palms growing there are isolated  from the reproductive point of view, because no or very few pollen comes from outside. So the coconut palms cross only within the same plantation. This gives an interesting opportunity for conservation purposes by using the Polymotu concept.

An Omani "Island in the desert" when compared to....
A Polynesian coral island....

Sometimes strong winds are blowing here....