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  •  Did you ever do a titration with buffers in (10+ / 0-)

    a science class? For a long time each drop of acid seems to be doing nothing to the readings, it's a long plateau as the buffer does its thing. Then suddenly, the last drop hits the surface and you run out of buffer, the readings spike and go off the charts. That sort of punctuated equilibrium is fairly common in natural systems and much more likely than a gradual change.

    Common in manufactured systems, too. The World Trade towers held steady until one area got too hot and collapsed, increasing the load on the surrounding areas which were already at maximum load, etc, etc.

    So probably curtains for the complex biosphere that we've so totally f*cked up. My guess is, once it really gets going it'll be a matter of a decade or two for major biomes to collapse. Within a hundred years it will probably be unrecognisable. ::sigh::

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

    by FarWestGirl on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:12:55 PM PST

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