Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Blue Cocoon

Atmosphere: Greek for vapor ball
a gaseous mass enveloping a heavenly body; the world of air

Of all of nature's wonders,perhaps the most wonderful is something that is invisible and almost always taken for granted: the atmosphere, the cocoon of gases that envelops the planet and makes life possible.

The atmosphere serves as a kind of celestial moat,a protective barrier that shields Earth (and my poor, tender skin) from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun and also from the impact of some 1.4 million asteroids that burn up and vaporize as they come in contact with it each day. Without the atmosphere, we would already be in the same plight as the dinosaurs...because of it, we only need to worry about a biggin hitting the earth.

I know the atmosphere isn't really a destination point and I see it everyday,but I would like to continue breathing in its wonderous air and would like to see some of the wonders that occur within our earth's shell....

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