In honor of Chemistry Day here on the Scientific American blog network, I've dug out partially rewritten a post on ecological chemistry from the Culturing Science archives.
Perhaps our species’s greatest misconception about the sea was that it is inexhaustible. The idea seems rather silly now, in a world where most people are familiar with the word “overfishing.” But men once gazed into the deep and imagined that it teemed with life so plentiful that we could take and take without ever running out.Now we know that you can take too much.
Just like astrophysicists seek underlying patterns in space/time, ecologists seek similar patterns in life on earth. And there's one they thought they had pegged: the pyramid of numbers.The first known pyramidal of numbers was drawn by Charles Elton in 1927 to explain the flow of energy through ecosystems.
Hardly four years ago, I started my first job in science. After an 8-hour drive up the east coast, my brother escorted me into a small, single-floored building facing a woody patch above a salt marsh, the headquarters of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
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