Happy Holidays!

AlaskaNightNasaThe composite photos released by NASA of “earth at night” offer a portrait of how we have electrified much of the world when the sun goes down. Judging by the lights in Alaska, you might . . . .

Via a Fairbanks Daily News-Miner article, Dec 15, 2012. NASA photos show Alaska at night, highlighted by lights of Prudhoe Bay, demonstrating the big picture of man’s global energy use patterns. One can readily see that cities and other areas of dense urban occupation require intensive energy and materials use. Odum described the pattern of pulsing/resting pattern of land use over the aeons as a pattern similar to a Christmas tree, where cities appearing as tree lights wink on and off over time. As resources in one area are used up, the area is abandoned, and the land goes back to fallow rest. New areas of civilization spring up elsewhere, where resources are more readily available, as organisms seek better advantage in taking in more energy. Everything pulses, even the cosmos. Peak on earth, good will to men. 

We’re getting snow for Christmas. Finally! May your holidays be joyous! ¡Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! 聖誕快樂!God Jul! Feliz Natal! Glædelig jul! Buon Natale! Frohe Weihnachten!