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Looking out the window from the tenth floor every morning, down below I see a stream of people walking their dogs. The dogs are in control during this time as their owners follow them around, and dogs explore with their noses. Sooner or later they will piddle and poop, which is the purpose more than their getting exercise. Canines once wandered freely, working hard for their living, and now, many are confined to unnaturally tight quarters where they eat and sleep, and wait for the next opportunity to go outside for a brief moment to do what comes naturally.

Now, here is a brilliantly written article about people pooping. Visitors to the Galápagos Islands are restricted from willy-nilly pooping because the consequences of leaving their droppings behind can be environmentally devastating. Not to detract from Kate Horowitz report, the details are held back.

People visiting the Galápagos must hold it while they are there as pooping opportunities are limited, and now humans must cart it home with them just as they must do for their dogs. Seems fair, doesn’t it? Read the article to learn more about why.

Also, as preppers, think about how important it is to plan and prepare for sanitary means for disposing human waste. The stuff is unhealthy and can be dangerous.

“A Guide to Pooping in the Galápagos Islands

Galápagos National Park is an ecological treasure trove, a biological hoard guarded fiercely by conservationists. Visitors to the islands must abide by the park’s rules, which include not taking anything from the wilderness—or leaving anything behind.

The park is prized for both its mind-boggling biodiversity and its historical significance, for it was on those desolate, craggy shores and in those primeval forests that a young Charles Darwin observed and collected the unique plants and animals that would inspire his theory of evolution. The archipelago, mused the naturalist in his journal, “seems to be a little world in itself.”

Darwin’s research there transformed the islands into an object of scientific and cultural fascination, as well as a bucket-list destination. In 1978, UNESCO honored the archipelago and its living treasures by naming it the first-ever World Heritage site. Ninety-seven percent of the islands’ area was designated a national park; the remaining 3 percent was set aside for human habitation. The parklands and their inhabitants are truly wild, offering no shelter, no Internet access, and no bathrooms.

Which raises the question: How do you poop in the Galápagos Islands? You’ve got a few options, none of them luxurious. According to naturalist guide Fabian Bucheli, if a park tourist has an urgent need to go, he or she will be told to hold it (island visits last a maximum of four hours), or directed back to the tour boat or toward one of the islands’ few inhabited areas. Leaving isn’t always possible, however, and Bucheli admitted that in some cases he and other guides will simply “dig a hole and cover the sample.”

WHY IS POOPING THERE SUCH A BIG NO-NO?

That moment when the crap hits the sand is actually where things get interesting. Human poop contains millions of unique bacteria, not to mention the remains of non-native plants and animals. Our waste takes more than a year to biodegrade, and in that time a single human “deposit” has the potential to shift the future of entire ecosystems.

Read the rest at the link below:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/54577/guide-pooping-galapagos-islands

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