WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

WHAT’S THE REAL REASON FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

Sometimes the answer to an important question is so transparent that we look right through it. Think about this:

What’s so abundant that we hardly consider it? Try WATER, the only substance that exists naturally _in all three forms of matter—solid, liquid and gas (vapor). And it’s everywhere. Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth—the amount of water in them is unfathomable (pun intended), and that’s not counting the fresh variety that supports terrestrial life as we know it. Water vapor, necessarily integral to the atmosphere (think humidity, clouds, rain, snow) is 75% of all ‘greenhouse gases’ and may well be the original source of _fresh water. And the human body is about 60% water, as are the bodies of other animals (and plants even more). Well, that about covers the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere—what’s left? Only the _lithosphere (that’s the rock and stuff of the planet proper), and water’s there, too—over, under and in it. Water is ubiquitous—everywhere! It’s necessary for living _and life itself. So if water is an integral part of all things living and otherwise, could it be even more significant than we imagine?

Something else to think about: The quantity of earth’s water is constant (it neither increases nor decreases, which, not incidentally, means that it must be sufficient) and remains balanced between its three phases, transferring between the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere so seamlessly that we don’t even notice it. (And we adapt to it without even thinking about it.) Interestingly enough: WE DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY IT EXISTS, OR WHERE IT CAME FROM IN THE FIRST PLACE! Chances are it developed from Earth itself, but…

Since water is ubiquitous and indispensable and, not incidentally, can change form _instantly _within temperature and pressure limits tolerated by life, iquid? Tting the water we consume for life.ike life did, but we don nment. maybe we ought to look at it as a possible controlling factor in the environment. So let’s propose that…

WATER MODERATES THE CLIMATE OF OUR PLANET. In other words,* water is the mechanism of _*climate change._ And why not?

There’s certainly a lot of it—oceans cover about 130-Million of Earth’s 197-Million square mile surface to an average depth of about 2.4 miles; this translates to more than 340,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water that are always moving by gravity, convection, evaporation and condensation, easily changing phases wherever required by conditions at the time. The oceans in fact constitute a massive heat sink that has great stabilizing impact on Earth’s temperature, atmosphere (those things that constitute climate) and the biosphere as well. There’s constant exchange of energy between the oceans (and the rest of the hydrosphere) and the atmosphere that helps maintain Earth’s delicate life-sustaining balance. Naturally. Ocean salinity remains at about 3.4% in spite of phenomena that would seem to alter this number. This is partly a function of organic processes. The fact is that _organisms _naturally_improve their environment in order to survive, and the environment _*naturally *adjusts with developing organisms.

Moreover, the interchange between forms is automatic, varying spontaneously and instantaneously in response to changes of temperatures and pressures within the system to provide the balance necessary for Earth’s adaptability to changing conditions. Water is critical to that balance.

The thesis: Water, that ubiquitous, plentiful, adaptable, reliable, critical and mysterious elixir of life on Earth (itself an integral part of life)—and likely the primary agent adjusting to constantly-changing conditions to maintain the balance of all nature—*is *the basis and arbiter of climate change.

There’s a _system _here that evolved on its own and has worked very well for millions of years without our meddling. Call it a complex adaptive system or even, if you prefer, spontaneous order. While it may appear from our limited human perspective to be a chaos of pressures, tensions and constraints with no hope of resolution without our intercession, that’s not the case. Earth is innately ethical simply _because _it is exactly what it is, a first principle. And the environment as an ethical whole will handle whatever comes its way. That’s what it does. Nature bats last—it always has the final word—it always_adapts, and it’s _always done “on the fly,” and we, individually or collectively, haven’t a clue as to how it really works. But one thing we do know is that it does work in spite of whatever happens to thwart it because_the norm is innately ethical—that’s the way it is_. Period. If it weren’t, life would have been done for long ago. This,_ the way it_ is, _is beyond our control, no matter how smart we think we are. After all, we don’t even know _why _water is…or even why _we are…

Earth is indeed unique, and we have no idea why. And to those who suppose that man has any control over it, I say: I think not. We’re guests here, not hosts, so maybe we ought to think about adapting to it instead of hopelessly trying to change it.

It seems to be scientifically consistent to conclude that climate could be a function of water and_ entirely _dependent on it. Think about it…Does this theory hold water? (Sorry…)

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