Years ago, I began seeing changes in forest and lake biosystems, especially with emergent plant communities in Eutrophic lakes. I saw unusual changes in bud development of deciduous hardwoods in the mountains as spring unfolds. And in some conifers, I saw a dieback of the terminal stem. After secondary branch apical dominance, I saw a second dieback. And then I saw a dieback of the top third of the same trees.
In continuum, unless there is a change in the present trend in which the developed land is contaminating the undeveloped land by physical processes fore-mentioned, “Biological Check Mechanism” (Keegan 1982) Cancer, childhood cancer and congenital defects will continue to rise unabated as dictated by Natural Law. In other words, “Natural Law will exact what is necessary to maintain the balance of life.” (Circle of Native American Elders)
Unless there is a continuous concerted effort to put forth by the political and influential people of the Adirondack Mountains, the country of Canada, Albany, Long Island and Washington, D.C. in regard to chemicals and their compounds, especially lead, mercury, dioxin, and other substances in orographic, cyclonic and frontal precipitation and often referred to and sometimes mistaken as only acid rain, the deterioration of biotics of is imminent, including the hazards to human health.
Such degradation/debilitation of biotics is a major contributing factor to the high incidence and manifestation of many diseases due to chemical changes via the infiltration of biotic cellular barriers. The vehicle by which this accumulative and nonaccumulative biotic contamination is presently accomplished is primarily through our water resources and that which is consumed by our food chain and by us. (published in 1979)
Every time the land is made bare by covering, strip-mining, toxic dumping, improper land use and forest management, wind and water erosion of the land surfaces prevail. Suspended particulates waked by moving objects across the land surfaces, wind shear, vehicle and stack pollution are major contributors to drought and downpour weather situations across the land. There are too many suspended particulates for completed condensation in precipitation of the hydrological cycle. Again, droughts and heavy rains are a result.
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