Weekly Photo Challenge ~ The Cluttered Earth   Leave a comment


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ The Cluttered Earth

Earth

Share your vision of our magnificent Earth through your lens.
Photo by Jen Hooks.

By Jen. H.

Though my vision is slightly different from the green natural environment as depicted by Jen K., I am submitting the adverse side of earth cluttered with human dwellings, factories and structures built in the name of development. With global warming and environmental pollution the earth is definitely changing in current times with weather changes throughout the world or Planet Earth. Let us remedy our Mother Earth before it is too late!

SP Lim

The aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City taken from my 2015 Trip to Vietnam.

The aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City taken from my 2015 Trip to Vietnam.

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As far as we currently know, our planet is unique in its ability to sustain life. We are an island in an unimaginably huge universe.

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” Wendell Berry
I have always regarded nature with reverence, feeling most at peace with my feet (and hands!) in the dirt, and the outdoors in my lungs. My most vivid memories of childhood center around outdoor exploration: collecting unique rocks, seeking insects and spiders under fallen logs, cultivating a love and respect for the environment that is a major defining characteristic of who I am today.

During a recent trip to Ireland, I stole a few moments for myself at one of the lovely lakes in Glendalough, and came across the tiny, shimmering stone in the photo below. I had the sentimental thought that nature was sending me a message: “I love you, too.”

A small rock in the shape of a heart, laying in deep green vegetation. Photo by Photo by Jen Hooks.

On this day, between the global Earth Day celebration, and Mother’s Day in the United States, share your vision of our glorious Mother Earth.

Earth

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From Wikipedia:-

EARTH

Earth (otherwise known as the world,[n 5] in Greek: Γαῖα Gaia,[n 6] or in Latin: Terra) is the third planet from the Sun, the densest planet in the Solar System, the largest of the Solar System’s four terrestrial planets, and the only astronomical object known to harbor life.
According to radiometric dating and other sources of evidence, Earth formed about 4.54 billion years ago. Earth gravitationally interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon. During one orbit around the Sun, Earth rotates about its own axis 366.26 times, creating 365.26 solar days or one sidereal year.[n 7] Earth’s axis of rotation is tilted 23.4° away from the perpendicular of its orbital plane, producing seasonal variations on the planet’s surface with a period of one tropical year (365.24 solar days). The Moon is Earth’s only permanent natural satellite. Its gravitational interaction with Earth causes ocean tides, stabilizes the orientation of Earth’s rotational axis, and gradually slows Earth’s rotational rate.

Earth’s lithosphere is divided into several rigid tectonic plates that migrate across the surface over periods of many millions of years. 71% of Earth’s surface is covered with water, with the remainder consisting of continents and islands that together have many lakes and other sources of water that contribute to the hydrosphere. Earth’s polar regions are mostly covered with ice, including the Antarctic ice sheet and the sea ice of the Arctic ice pack. Earth’s interior remains active with a solid iron inner core, a liquid outer core that generates the magnetic field, and a convecting mantle that drives plate tectonics.

Within its first billion years, life appeared in Earth’s oceans and began to affect its atmosphere and surface, leading to the proliferation of aerobic and anaerobic organisms. Since then, the combination of Earth’s distance from the Sun, its physical properties and its geological history have allowed life to thrive and evolve. The earliest undisputed life on Earth arose at least 3.5 billion years ago. Earlier physical evidence of life includes biogenic graphite in 3.7 billion-year-old metasedimentary rocks discovered in southwestern Greenland, as well as “remains of biotic life” found in 4.1 billion-year-old rocks in Western Australia. Earth’s biodiversity has expanded continually except when interrupted by mass extinctions. Although scholars estimate that over 99% of all species of life (over five billion) that ever lived on Earth are extinct, there are still an estimated 10–14 million extant species, of which about 1.2 million have been documented and over 86% have not yet been described. More recently, in May 2016, scientists reported that 1 trillion species are estimated to be on Earth currently with only one-thousandth of one percent described. Over 7.3 billion humans live on Earth and depend on its biosphere and minerals for their survival. Earth’s human population is divided among about 200 sovereign states which interact through diplomacy, conflict, travel, trade and communication media.

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