When our fore-people came to the continent of America many years ago, they saw mile after mile of beautiful environs with an abundance of wildlife. As the small settlements grew, many areas became large corporate-owned stretches of farmland (monocultures). Some small businesses became large industrial complexes. As artificial cover appeared (pavement, concrete, etc.), the wildlife disappeared. The land, the air and the water became polluted.
Therefore, it is upon this statement that I drew my scientific conclusions based on my research and on site observation since 1975. My entire study from the very beginning is a result of the death of my mother due to cancer on Mother’s Day in May 1975.
The physics of flowing water is synonymous with the physics of flowing air. The proof holds true with the physics of salutation and the physics of ripple formation in response to wind and water current action upon the earth. Therefore, we can conclude that point-source and nonpoint-source pollution is evident with air and water when I speak of them as transport mechanisms. I categorize the contamination of the biosphere (all living beings) into three parts: the origin of pollution, the transport of pollution, and the deposition of pollution (all in the form of free floating/suspended dry or wet particulates or precipitates).
Following the stage of Primary Differentiation approximately 100 or 150 million years ago, when Pangea (one continent) was no longer as a result of outgassing from the earth’s interior and seafloor spreading, the earth at the end of this process became one quarter land surface and three quarters water. Of the one quarter land surface, we have developed one-third of that via cutting away natural cover.
As we continue into the future with the further development of land, there is something I would like to point out in regard to our sustenance in unity with the biosphere in the stressed state. We are losing life in the oceans at an alarming rate via toxic dumping and runoff from the developed land.
Ronald Edwin Keegan is a retired high school teacher of the arts and sciences, teaching in places such as the Peru Central School, and lives in the town of Wilmington