Oct 30 2008

A Bare Planet

Published by at 9:54 pm under personal,philosophy

The above pic is of Enceladus, one of Saturn’s Moons.

While traveling the desert regions of the Southwestern U.S., I first realized that my view of planet Earth was superficial. Yes, there is a complex and fascinating fabric of growth carpeting much of it. But scrape away the scraggly growth and you are left with a naked planet, a huge lump of minerals, solid at the surface, molten down below.

Biological life is but a veneer on Earth, sometimes distracting us from the truth of rock. What is our planet? A rock plus a little bit of a lot of other stuff.

Third rock from the sun, indeed. Actually, make that third rock from a sun. One sun among billions and billions.
[photo thanks to Astronomy Picture of the Day]

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