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Bioluminescence:lighting up the natural world

chimpanzee fire bioluminescent fungus

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

The forest floor is barely visible in the low light conditions when it suddenly bursts into life, becoming a neon green blanket of light.

The source of this eerie light is a bioluminescent fungus, known only by the name given to it by locals: "chimpanzee fire".

Filmmaker Verity White was able to catch this phenomenon on camera for the Congo episode of the BBC/Discovery series Africa using long-exposure time-lapse photography techniques.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/21011428

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