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Editor: Patrick Gallagher

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For All The Tea In China?

Author: Patrick Gallagher

Words: 1000

In The Tea Fields of South West China

Tea was called ‘tu’ (荼) (in the Chinese ancient classic Shi Jing (The book of Songs)).
Tea was also called ‘jia’ (檟) in the ancient Chinese classic Er Ya compiled during the early Han Dynasty: ” Jia is bitter tu”. The word tu was further annotated by a Jin scholar, Guo Pu (276–324 CE): “Tu is a small plant, its leaves can be brewed into a beverage”.

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Asian Waters

Author: Patrick Gallagher

On the Lakes and Rivers of Asia

Words: 1000

The Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator) is a large varanid lizard native to South and Southeast Asia. It is one of the most common monitor lizards in Asia, ranging from coastal northeast India, Sri Lanka, mainland Southeast Asia to Indonesian islands where it lives close to water. It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.[1] It was described by Laurenti in 1768 and is among the largest squamates in the world.[2]

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