The Foundation for Life
The physical dimension includes geological features (rocks and soil), climate, air, and water. These components of our Bioscape provide the "environmental foundation" for all life, including people. The physical dimension is literally under our feet, and in the air that we breathe, and in the water that we drink. The physical dimension guides the weather each day, and ultimately the climate, which governs what will grow and thrive here. Yet, most of us take these physical attributes for granted. We assume that the physical dimension will go on forever. Will it? Human activities are influencing soil, climate, air, and water more than any time in history. What interactions will these changes have on the biological and human dimensions of our planet and regional bioscapes?
The Physical Dimension of the New York Bioscape
How old are the rocks and where did they come from? Do rocks affect our daily lives in any ways? Are they important to preserve? Where does the soil come from? Do our soils vary? Are our soils healthy? How can we keep our soils healthy? What kind of weather can we expect tomorrow, next year, next century? What elements are in our air, the air that we take into our bodies each and every moment? Where has that air you are breathing been? Where is it going? Where does our water come from? What elements are in our water, the water that we drink each day and every day? Is the quality of air and water getting better, or worse? Why? How are geology, climate, air, and water linked to each other and to our health, and to the health of all species that share our Bioscape with us? What are the threats to our physical dimension?
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