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Water – The Future of War?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

It seems rather interesting that everyone is worried about water resources when on our planet we have two thirds of our landmass covered with water.

We are overflowing with water, but the problem is humans and plants need fresh water, not salt water. And only a small percentage of the water outside the ocean is fresh, in clouds, ice, or ground water.

We know our freshwater is in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and under the ground.

Unfortunately, due to the increase in population we are using up the groundwater faster than it is getting replenished.

We are finding it difficult to maintain adequate amounts of water in our reservoirs for our drinking water and civilization, while still allowing water to flow out of various dams which have hydroelectric power.

Our water resources are tied to energy and agriculture, and life as we know it.

Freshwater supplies are a problem everywhere on the planet, it’s a vital resource, and thankfully it replenishes over time due to the weather patterns and weather flow.

We all know about how evaporation works from the ocean, and how the clouds flow over the landmass and then allow rain, which hopefully will fill up our lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.

Unfortunately sometimes that rain comes to far and few between, or it comes all at once in a giant deluge causing massive flooding. Massive flooding also causes the wrong type of run-off to get into freshwater supplies, making it unusable.

In many nations such as the Middle East they have giant desalination plants. And this is something we are going to need to do the United States as well, as much of our population lives fairly close to the ocean, and uses almost all of the runoff water for our cities.

The Litter Ecosystem

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The forest is generally referred to as a primary producer, processing carbon into carbohydrates. All green plants, including those outside forests, are primary producers; it is often better to refer to the primary producers of the forest as the production ecosystem of the forest, or simply the production ecosystem. This allows us to distinguish it from other forest ecosystems. As leaves and twigs fall to the ground they build up a detritus of leaf mould which is sporadically added to by falling branches and trees, and by the decay of ferns, mosses, lichens, birds, insects and other ground dwellers.

Within this detritus there exists another forest community, the soil and litter community of decomposers which forms a distinct but vital ecosystem, the litter ecosystem, intimately linked with and supplementary to the production ecosystem itself. These two systems together formed the forest ecosystem, which can continue to function indefinitely only when these two systems are intact and fully functional. Other systems within the forest -including birds, insects and other forms of wildlife – are supplementary to the production and litter ecosystems.

The litter ecosystem consists of soil and forest to drivers together with its inhabitants. This assemblage of mostly tiny living things within the litter layer is vast and counts its population is in hundreds of thousands per hectare, for mites and small insects, and in billions for bacteria. It forms a recycling system returning into circulation vital substances used by living things as they die so that new life can use these again. This litter ecosystem is absolutely vital to the health and well-being of any forest. When it is destroyed by man or by other causes such as the trampling of animals the forest slowly dies.