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Our place in it all

March 11, 2013
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

We have all had the lessons about the continuous water/hydrological cycle in the earth's atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere, I consider the ozone layer as well as the bodies of water of this life orb we live on to be part of the earth.

It is not even a leap to reach the understanding that whatever is done on earth effects it's bodies of waters. This was quite apparent as industries and populations grew while natural ecosystems reduced.

The comment to this has been the creation of the EPA.The function of the EPA, in brief, has been to protect damage from while allowing thorough guidelines (for) industrial growth. In short, fulfilling needs.

The pollutants found in the air are - to name some - sulfur, nitrogen, heavy metals, mercury, lead, cadmium and copper as well as the pesticides and herbicides. and through the hydrological cycle become are in the waters. Acid rain is in the hydrology cycle causing corrosion erosion, death and deformities as well as extinction and sterilization.

Visible and invisible air pollution is dangerous and deadly. The word pollute is defined as a verb meaning to make unclean,defile or taint.

However in regards to the environment, I would also add the adverb permanently. As I stated in an earlier letter, sights have not been remediated as far back as the 1980s.

The effects of human encroachment impacting air and water came earlier however when prairies were altered. In the words of Frederic Tacer, " It's just a matter of time until we reap what we sow. Cause and consequence."

As a species we are so very aware with every living breath. We have choices. Wisdom from all cultures has had in its earliest history reverence for the natural world.

In a metaphorical sense this reflects an understanding of our all being connected as a family, a community, a global unit, an understanding that what is in the natural world has provided life long before mines and air monitoring.

What will we leave the next seven generations?

Rosa Musket

Marquette

 
 

 

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