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Thought for the Day: Reoccurrences of Natural Phenomena

Posted by feww on July 18, 2008

“Hurricanes and wildfires are as essential to nature’s ‘housekeeping’ system as blood circulation is to maintaining homeostasis.”

“Nature does what it does best to maintain a livable planet. But she can’t be expected to save you from yourselves every time. If you build your dream cabin in the crater of an active volcano, in a forest prone to wildfires, on a beach in the path of hurricanes and tsunamis … nature may ‘misunderestimate’ your wisdom!” ~ A Member of Creating A Sustainable Future

Map of the cumulative tracks of all tropical cyclones during the 1985–2005 period. Image Author: Nilfanion on 2006-08-05. Background image from Image:Whole_world_-_land_and_oceans.jpg (NASA).

Although cyclones take an enormous toll in lives and personal property, they are important factors in the precipitation system of places they impact because they bring much-needed precipitation to otherwise dry regions. Tropical cyclones also help maintain the global heat balance by moving warm, moist tropical air to the middle latitudes and polar regions. The storm surge and winds of hurricanes may be destructive to human-made structures, but they also stir up the waters of coastal estuaries, which are typically important fish breeding locales. (Source)

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