"I believe that the ETA for coral reef ecosystem collapse is about
12 years away. The reefs also lie at the bottom of our food chain;
without them ocean life cannot continue and, consequently, life on
earth. While research scientists understand that the planet's
are inter-related, they unfortunately do not yet understand exactly
they work together. It does appear that coral reefs and rainforests
somehow cooperate to produce ocean currents which, in turn, affect the
Gaia is a fundimentally ELECTO MECHANICAL forcing which depends on
cirrus clouds and their ability to trap heat. Cirrus can trap heat
or let it escape out into space that results in a couple of hundred
watts per meter difference in energies that would reach a convective
cloud below--and cirrus reside between ionosphere and cloud top where
charge separations occur. Fair weather is about 250 volts per meter
to ground, whereas in convective regions strong negative gradiants
move to ground. The patterns form the global electrical circuit, and
maintain a relatively positive charge cummulation in the ionsphere by
the separation of charges from convection, and that process is
ultimately powered by radiation from the sun. It is this pattern
that the biosphere evolved to modulate, first by nucleotides sorted
in the cirrus, by charge, shape and mass, and then with more complex
pre cellular self relicating nucleotide based chemical areas, and
then finally with cells.
Taste buds are single cells that are able to sense 5 different
chemical realities. This appears to be a basic very old evolutionary
Gaia reaction. My view is that early climate feedbacks in the marine
layer would have reacted to sulfur from volcanic activity washed or
rained into the oceans, high sugar levels from healthy conditions,
salinity levels, pH levels, and protein levels. These form the basic
tastes, and it is no surprise more complex creatures would contain
taste buds with a like chemical set of sensitivies.
As it turns out, these kinds of basic chemistries directly, and
indirectly through levels of cellular activity, would have huge
impacts on the conductivities of a large scale area based on
cummulations of cells in that area. This then becomes the foundation
of gaia modulations of climate.
Hold out your hands. Now look at the cracks between your fingers.
Those cracks develop in the fetus by a process called programmed cell
death. It's not really death, but more that the cell gets a message
to stop growing and dividing, whereas the cells that are the fingers
get a different message.
Basic taste comes from the same cell--with five different sets of
chemicals they sense and send messages about. What I am saying about
the biosphere is that varying conditions in the environment caused
the cells to give different chemical messages off, and varied the way
that they would grow and divide, or do things like that. Early life
communicated with each other, by chemicals, DNA and so forth.
Sweetness, for instance, would probably be a message to grow and
divide. I have and advantage in that I know the answer, it is just
the question I seek pertaining to early life.
Bear in mind, for instance, that a volcanic eruption with large
amounts of SOx emissions would phase change depress cirrus, and yet
the SOx washes out of the air after a few years. A body of water
could evaporate and become saline. All of these changes to the
chemistry of a microbes surroundings--that they could "taste", would
mean different things respecting the basic climate and environment
inputs felt by these microbes. By feeding back cummulations of their
activity on the ecology, they would vary conductivities and hence
large scale electrical patterns--and therefore modulate climate,
modulate their surrounding chemistry and temperature toward living
How is this important? I am on other bbs where we are discussing
widescale death of the coral reefs within the next decade. We are
already in the midst of an extinction event, and the key forcing
involved here is CO2 impacting the CONDUTIVITY of the oceans, via gas
exchange. The corals are one of the largest sinks of CO2, converting
CO2 gas to calcium carbinate.