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National Winning Article 2010 – 1st: Alternative Energy Used by Our Ancestors

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These windmills, also known as windpumps, are very commonly seen in fields around Malta and Gozo.  Years ago when no electricity was available, these windmills were a very important tool to farmers in order to pump water from the underground to irrigate their fields. These windmills, as the name implies, are wind operated; the wind turns the mill which makes a shaft go up and down and water is brought up to the surface.

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National Winning Article 2010 – 1st: The Bees are Scratching their Heads

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The first time we heard about the Imgiebah beehives we all thought that it was something interesting, although none of us knew exactly what they were.  On this field trip to this beautiful valley of Imgiebah, besides learning a lot about biodiversity, we also had a glimpse of our past, as these stone beehives certainly caught our eye. 

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National Winning Photo 2010 – 1st: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall….

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Vernacular architecture used to be quite abundant in the Maltese islands. This is mostly thanks to rubble walls scattered all over Malta and Gozo. However nowadays, these rubble walls and adjoining fields are constantly being destroyed so that new buildings could be built. It seems that, , the people who take these decisions are finding it very easy to turn their back on all the hard work our ancestors had to endure in order to construct those walls. Their functionality and aesthetic appeal seems to have been lost.



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National Winning Photo 2010 – 2nd: Clouds come and go but Clay Slopes may be lost Forever

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In the area of Imgiebaħ there is a series of high cliffs with clay slopes underneath receding gradually to the coast. This remote area remained a pristine area for generations, until off-roading became a craze. For years landrovers and scramblers had a field day over the clay slopes. Erosion set in and as clay became compacted, vegetation could not grow. This speeded up the loss of clay to the coast below. However, awareness to save the clay slopes is now in full swing as all form of off-roading is now banned. The cliffs are now smiling over the clay slopes as they can now breathe freely as no more scrambling will take place.



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National Winning Photo 2010 – 3rd/International Special Prize: The Gateway to the Future of the Natural World… OUR World.

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The opinion of most people living in the Maltese Islands today is that the environment is their rubbish tip. Around this structure, you can see a not-so-attractive assortment of rubble, plastic appliances, pipes, and wires, directly underneath a sign that says “Keep everywhere clean”. Is this some sort of sick joke? If this is what we have reduced ourselves to, what will we do next? How about burning down Buskett (Malta’s only woodland) and turning it into a landfill? Or maybe killing off every single bird that flies our way? The state of the Maltese countryside is a disgrace; and the people are doing nothing about it. The future looms ahead – will we avert course, or will we perish?



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