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Newsletter
September 1, 2006

Water



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Red Sky at Morning
James Gustave Speth
Threats to Biodiversity and Ecosystems - 4 of 9
Read Threat #1 - Land use conversion
Read Threat #2 - Land degradation
Read Threat #3 - Freshwater shortages
Read Threat #4 - Watercourse modifications

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Blue Frontier
Dispatches From America's Ocean Wilderness
by David Helvarg

"If there is much we still don't know about this, our final physical frontier, we know that it is our lifeblood. The seas cover 71 percent of the earth's surface, giving our ocean planet its blue marble appearance. Although the tropical rain forests have been called the lungs of the world, the oceans actually absorb far greater amounts of carbon dioxide. Microscopic phytoplankton in the top layer of the sea act as a biological pump, extracting some 2.5 billion tons of organic carbon out of the atmosphere annually (replacing it with 70% of the life-giving oxygen we need to survive). The top two feet of sea water contain as much heat as the entire atmosphere. Scientists recently have come to recognize ocean currents as key to the creation of climate, clouds and weather, but they still don't know enough about the internal workings of the sea (or have the historical records) to fully incorporate the ocean's thermodynamics into computer models of global warming. More is known about the dark side of the moon than is known about the depths of the oceans."

"Along with its practical role in maintaining the tides of life, our ocean planet also holds a spiritual resonance for our species, calling us back to the common waterborne birth state we all have experienced on both an individual and evolutionary basis. Our bodies, like the planet, are 71 percent salt water; our blood exactly as salty as the sea was when our ancestors first emerged from it. This may explain why it's easier to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. The rhythm of the waves is like our mother's heartbeat."

 

Travelogue

Rich Kurczak - 8/20/2006 edition - Falling Trees & the Hopi Reservation
Rich Kurczak - 7/20/2006 edition - Last Days in Cliff, New Mexico
Rich Kurczak - 7/09/2006 edition - SW New Mexico
Rich Kurczak - 6/23/2006 edition - Yampa River, Green River, Grand Staircase Wilderness

   


Photo - 2006
 

Low Tide - Anemone - Monterey Bay - July 2006

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Updated 5/19/06

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