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From the ashes: antique botanic photos destroyed in Cape Town fire resurrected

28 days ago   |   By The Guardian

Table Mountain blaze destroyed university's plant conservation archives, but digitised ‘then-and-now' images continue to shed light on changes in South Africa's landscape The fire that started on the slopes of Table Mountain on April 18 this year quickly swept through the University of Cape Town campus. The world watched in horror as the African Studies Library was burned to the ground. In the weeks that followed, volunteers waded through the waterlogged basement of the razed building to see which rare books had survived. What few people beyond the university realised at the time is that...
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