irrepressible & resilient

I live on a farm in a high mountain valley in southwest Virginia.  Part of our land is in meadow and has been in meadow since before Europeans arrived when Native Americans managed the area as an inter-tribal hunting ground.  Part of the land is in old climax forest where the trees have not been harvested for more than a century and the underbrush cleared out in the 1930s by a WPA crew. It is a delight to walk in.  A smaller third part is rugged and rocky hillside pasture used for livestock.  We took part of the meadow for our gardens when we retired here 10-11 years ago. While our gardens have been productive, we constantly work at weed control because the meadow grasses and other plants, having established themselves here for more than 3 centuries, are irrepressible.

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Do what we may, they find a way to resurge and grow again.

Up in our forest comprising many hardwood species we find wildflowers according to their season and mosses.  Beautiful mosses of many sorts, lovely and seemingly fragile, but appearances are deceiving because it turns out that they, too, are irrepressible.

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Scientists paying attention to the recession of glaciers as they melt from global warming have found some remarkable mosses.  These were buried under many feet of ice 1600 years ago, but with a little TLC they came back to life.  Now that is irrepressible.  In addition, scientists have found nematodes  (small worms) that were frozen 41,000 years ago and still live. Who knows what other resilient life is hidden on Gaia and on other planets? Here’s a link to that report:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/ancient-life-awakens-amid-thawing-ice-caps-and-permafrost/2019/07/05/335281f8-7108-11e9-9f06-5fc2ee80027a_story.html.

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