Ecologists Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs had an idea for a local orange juice company in Costa Rica. They had no idea that this idea would turn into a huge and significant discovery. It all started back in 1997.
The pair approached an orange juice company and proposed to them the idea that if they donated a piece of unspoiled, forested land to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, they could dump their discarded peels and pulp free of charge.
Once the company agreed, the piece of land where orange juice waste would be dumped was grazed and deforested. A year later, thousands of trucks showed up and dumped over 12,000 metric tons of orange-compost.
Once the orange peels and pulp were dropped onto the land, they were kept there, untouched, for over a decade. The ecologists created a nice big sign to mark the location.
16 years later, a graduate student name Timothy Treuer was to go visit the spot and report back with his findings.
He was given detailed directions to find the sign that was created and there should’ve been no issue locating the spot.
Once Treuer arrived at the land, he began searching for the sign where the orange compost was dumped, but couldn’t seem to find it anywhere.
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