lake vostok.

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I’m taking an Environmental Science class this semester. We’ve discussed the basics of ecology and land use and water conservation and all those fun things. I’m working on a class project on Landscape Architecture and this class has really taught me a lot about environmental conservation.

Human beings make me angry, though. There’s a lake, it’s called Lake Vostok and it’s located in Antarctica. It has been sealed off from the world for 14 million years and it is one of the few things called a Closed System to ever exist. EVER. And Russian drill bits are about to ruin that.

There are many subglacial lakes on Antarctica but this one is completely isolated from all of the other ones. It also is supersaturated with oxygen — the levels are over 50 times greater than most freshwater lakes. Why do human beings have to ruin that? This is an environment of extremophiles, the coolest of all species. They have the ability to exist in the harshest of conditions on the planet.

All the ice caps are going to melt in the next few decades just wait until then and study the lake. I understand that this could strengthen the case for extraterrestrial life and provide information on species that could perform ecosystem services such as providing medicine…but it’s been sealed off for 14 million years for a reason. Mother Nature has a reason for everything. I ask again, why do human beings have to ruin a perfectly beautiful thing in this world?

On the note of Mother Nature, however, I recently came across a very interesting article about a recent law in Bolivia. The country is to pass a law called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, or The Law of Mother Earth, which will grant nature the same rights as humans. You can read more about it here. All I have to say is that it’s about damn time a government put forth this much effort to protect the environment of their country.

For all the services that the ecosystem gives us, isn’t it about damn time that we do something for it?

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