Current Affairs 11th September 2021

1. News: India’s first Dugong conservation reserve

Source: The Hindu

India’s first Dugong conservation reserve will be built in Tamil Nadu.

  • The reserve will spread over an area of 500 km in Palk Bay on the southeast coast of Tamil Nadu.
  • Dugong is a marine animal that has been enlisted vulnerable to extinction on a global scale by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
  • Dugong or sea cow can see in Gulf of mannar.
  • It is the State animal of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This endangered marine species survive on seagrass and other aquatic vegetation found in the area.
  • It is the only herbivorous mammal that is strictly marine and is the only extant species in the family Dugongidae.

2. News: Qeqertaq Avannarleq

Source: Indian Express

It is a tiny, uninhabited and previously unknown island discovered recently off the coast of Greenland.

  • Measuring 60×30 metres and with a peak of three metres above sea level, it has now become the new northernmost piece of land on Earth.
  • The new island is made up of seabed mud and moraine, i.e. soil, rock and other material left behind by moving glaciers, and has no vegetation.
  • Before this, Oodaaq was marked as the Earth’s northernmost terrain.

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