A Conversation for Gaia

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Post 1

Mauritania

In a Laymens terms, what is Gaia?
Far as I can tell it's the combination between everything and everything else. (Which is a contradiction in terms)


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Post 2

Laura

Gaia means 'mother Earth' and in simple terms is the theory that the Earth will always adapt itself to support life.


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Post 3

Mauritania

Nah, Earth is a lazy sod which will anything to get out of work!!!


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Post 4

Laura

That's where it starts getting complecated. And I am going to be studying it next semester. Which is tomorrow. Lovely. So far I've only got as far as the relationship between atmosphric temperature, CO2 levels and the growing strength of solar radiation since the earth formed. And I have to understand it all. When earth is just a lazy sod. Oh well... It all seems a little unfair really.


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Post 5

Mauritania

Have you enjoyed studing this!!!


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Post 6

Laura

Yup, it's great fun.smiley - biggrin


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Post 7

Mauritania

Would I enjoy studing this!!!


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Post 8

Laura

Is that a question or a proclamation? Have just finished learning why sunsets are red, and am now onto how plant roots grow through the soil. If that's the type of thing you like to learn about, then you'ld enjoy studying it.smiley - smiley


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Post 9

Mauritania

I know that already!


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Post 10

Laura

What about how gravitropism works though, and how to calculate solar flux? It all gets more complecated the more you look at it. Now I'm having to try and remember that the freezing point of water is really -40 degrees C. smiley - erm


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Post 11

Mauritania

Gravitropism, is that the exchange of gravitons between two masses, or is that something else. Solar flux has got something to do with the area of radiation, energy and lumosity. The freezing point of water depends on the enery contained in the water. Under pressure, the temperature would be higher. It's only -40C in no atmosphere (probabily)!!!


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Post 12

Laura

Gravitropism is how plant 'know' which way up they are - based mainly on the sedimentation of starch grains. Nobody is sure yet how the amyloplasts then inform the plant which way the starch grains are sedimenting though, but then there aren't many plant scientists to work on it. The -40 is the freezing point without suitable particles to sediment on, yes.


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Post 13

Mauritania

Well just shoot me!


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Post 14

Laura

No, wouldn't want to do that. Then I wouldn't have to keep remembering things and wouldn't get any revision done. smiley - laugh


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Post 15

Mauritania

Well just shoot me!


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Post 16

Laura

Nah, my recurve bow is a whole five minute walk away and I really can't be bothered to string it at them moment.


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