Dinosaur Pee – Part 2

You know my grandma hooked my sister & I with the dinosaur pee…

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Like every great teacher or master she knew that when a student goes from accepting information to questioning & seeking, that student is open to the lesson. So she finished.

Grandma explained that humans live in a closed system. She said, “You know girls, there’s no such thing a NEW water.” She went on to tell us that every drop of water on this earth has been used over & over again. What was once dinosaur pee millions of years ago had been evaporated, condensed, & precipitated countless times to become the water we’d been swimming in at the beginning of the lesson.

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She said the real magic in the system happened when the Mickey Mouse water molecule broke up & evaporated because the only things that evaporated were clean pure atoms. Everything else, the dirt & junk, were left behind.  Evaporated atoms were ready to be condensed again into perfect water. A unique system designed  to clean up water again & again.

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She explained that the problems came when people polluted the air & the ground because then no matter how clean the evaporated water was, it became polluted again when it traveled through bad air or ground. My grandma managed to give us a magical understanding of how our water recycles itself endlessly to support the miracle of life on earth.

Today I understand more of the finer points of the water cycle, more of the science, some of the arguments, but I never lost the sense of awe & magic that my grandma gave my sister & I.

Sometimes I wonder at the water of Torch Lake & its nearby sisters.  I jump in on a hot day or kayak in the early mists & wonder how many drops of that clear blue water used to be dinosaur pee & how many times they have gone through the water cycle. I wonder how many of us understand the magic of what happens before our eyes every day. And I wonder how much we humans are willing to do to protect & preserve our precious closed system.

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Me…I’m off to read about those big beasts!!!

About Diane

a long time lover of all things aquatic...swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling...if it involves water...I'm in. Add traveling, snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the spring, & lots of fresh air & sunshine. Blend with cooking, crafting, great friends & my Border Collie Zack. Toss in some sweet beekeeping. Mix in a couple of great books, my camera, clean notebook paper, & a cool pen & you pretty much have a picture of me. My friends tell me I should also add..."once a teacher...always a teacher".
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