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  1. #11
    Senior Member act1966's Avatar
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    In the pool.
    I think of it more like development... The animals now have triplex opportunities with ocean views.

    I long for the days when everybody obsessed over parking.

    Two words: garbage dump. Now THAT'S a real problem.

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    Senior Member Mr. Ratt's Avatar
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    Now that I've come to realize that oh-too-many of the return visitors have this incredible sense of entitlement, as in, "I've been coming all these years so I'll do as I wish"... and realizing that it's not restricted to any one group of people, may I insert this wonderful little piece of news.... not expecting it to make one iota of difference to those with more money than concern for the environment they claim to love.....

    No More Rock Stacking

    Recently the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association announced that they discourage the act of rock stacking near the north coasts of the island.
    Rock stacking has become a popular activity among tourists, the area on the north coast of the island piled with rocks is called “Wishing Garden”.
    Many people think stacking rocks will make your wishes come true.
    However, this is not true, it’s just a myth started by a tour operator.

    The rocks are used by crabs, insects, lizards and other small animals that are looking for shelter between the openings of the rocks. However, if the rocks are being are being removed and stacked on top of each other, the small animals won’t have a place to seek refuge when they need it.
    Every time you stack a pile of rocks, you’re taking away their natural habitat.

    Please don’t stack any more rocks.

    Rock Stacking Demolition Derby
    There’s a rock stacking demolition derby being held (April 30, 2017) on the north coast of the island. The goal is to knock down as much rocks as possible to reverse the situation and preserve Aruba’s nature.

    People who supported the movement on Facebook, signed up as volunteers and are going to restore the damage.

    Give the island and it's wildlife the same amount of respect you would expect a guest to give you in your home....

    It's really just that simple.

    And yes, it is that serious an issue, otherwise people wouldn't keep talking about it....
    just like your beloved car boots and the dump.

    Last edited by Mr. Ratt; 05-01-2017 at 01:19 PM.
    Mr. Ratt
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    Aruba.... May 12, 2018... 3pm at the Tamarijn, see you there.

  3. #13
    Aruba since 1979
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    maybe the prisoners in the jail there should get working to make "little rocks outta big rocks"
    then those little rocks could replenish the ones that are stacked

    thread closed!

  4. #14
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    Mark Cesareo's Commentary on Rock Stackig

    Why Rock Stacking Needs To Stop

    While cruising through Aruba, you may notice stacks of stones littering the countryside. Rock stacking has become a popular activity among tourists and some tour operators. Some call it an art or a hobby, which are basically human-made piles of stones, also known as cairns.
    Unfortunately it has become a worldwide activity

    Rock stacking has unfortunately grown into a widespread activity. All over the world, people are stacking rocks and stones in all shapes and sizes.
    This activity has made its way to Aruba as well. All over the island you’ll see unnatural piles and stacks. But why? Naturalist and conservationist opinions seem to point to this being a really bad idea to the point that many national parks and regions are banning it outright.
    Possible origins

    The official uses of rock stacking are memorials or landmarks. Cairns have been used since the beginning of humanity, mostly to set marks to not get lost in nature. Later, cairns were used as burial monuments and as landmarks to locate buried items.
    When hiking through nature, it could be useful to see a landmark every now and then to remind you that you’re still on the right track.
    Please don’t do this!

    In Aruba, many people think the meaning behind stacking rocks is that you can make a wish. Rock stacking is something that we strongly advise against. We ask you not to stack stones all over the island.
    A landscape full of piles of stones is just not what nature should look like. Moreover, the rocks needed for all those stacks are part of habitats of small species on the island. Think about little crabs, insects, tiny geckos and other animals that need to hide or seek refuge and safety in between gaps of rocks.

    When stacking rocks it disturbs the natural order of nature. Every time you build a pile you’re basically scaring away wild animals and disrupting their natural habitat. Some experts argue that extensive rock stacking can even lead to extinction of certain species. While we’re not in a position to dispute that either way, would it be worth the risk just for the fun of stacking some rocks in odd shapes? We say definitely not.
    In the US, the national parks service forbids disrupting or moving any rocks or other natural structures within the parks.
    In Aruba, a lot of this rock stacking also happens within the boundaries of Arikok National Park, so perhaps it is time for our park authorities to also set some guidelines for this.
    Recently the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association came out to clarify in no uncertain terms that it does not condone rock stacking and discourages the practice outright.
    By not stacking rocks while in Aruba, you care a little more about nature. It’s just unnatural to have an island full of piles and stacks everywhere. Please think about the consequences and keep our happy little island free of rock stacks. Our wildlife (and we) will love you for it!

    By Author Mark Cesareo

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    I agree that the practice should stop. However, I am not going to say that rock-stacking destroys natural habitats, as someone claimed on a Facebook post.

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