The Awesome Power of Mother Nature

Iceland's Volcano Eruptions And The Awesome Power Of Mother Nature At Her Best And Worst:

Volcanoes are generally found where tectonic plates are diverging or converging. A mid-oceanic ridge, for example the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, has examples of volcanoes caused by divergent tectonic plates pulling apart. The Pacific Ring of Fire has exampl
Volcanoes are generally found where tectonic plates are diverging or converging. A mid-oceanic ridge, for example the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, has examples of volcanoes caused by divergent tectonic plates pulling apart. The Pacific Ring of Fire has exampl | Source

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Erupts in Iceland

The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland was relatively small for Volcanic Eruptions, but the eruption still managed to cause enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe over a number of days in April 2010. Additional localised disruption continued into May 2010.

From 14–20 April, ash covered large areas of northern Europe when the volcano erupted. About 20 countries closed their airspace to commercial jet traffic and it affected more than 100,000 travellers.

Seismic activity started at the end of 2009 and gradually increased in intensity until on 20 March 2010, a small eruption started rated as a 1 on the Volcanic Explosivety.

Beginning on 14 April 2010, the eruption entered a second phase and created an ash cloud that led to the closure of most of the European IFR airspace from 15 until 20 April 2010. Consequently, a very high proportion of flights in and out of Europe were cancelled, creating the highest level of air travel disruption since the Second World War.

The Second Phase of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Eruption

The second phase of the eruption started on 14 April 2010 and resulted in an estimated 250 million cubic metres of ejected tephra. The ash plume rose to a height of approximately 9 kilometres which rates the explosive power of the eruption as a 4 on the Volcanic Explosivety.

By 21 May 2010, the second eruption phase had subsided to the point that no further lava or ash was being produced. More seismic activity was produced.

By the morning of 24 May 2010, the view from the web camera installed on Porolfsfell showed only a plume of water vapour surrounded by a bluish haze caused by emission of sulphurous gases.

Due to the large quantities of dry volcanic ash lying on the ground, surface winds frequently lifted up an ash mist that significantly reduced visibility and made web camera observation of the volcano impossible.

Iceland's Volcano Erupts causing disruptions to air traffic around the World.
Iceland's Volcano Erupts causing disruptions to air traffic around the World.
Volcano Eruption in Iceland: First came the floods, then the smell of rotten eggs...
Volcano Eruption in Iceland: First came the floods, then the smell of rotten eggs... | Source

The Awesome Power of Mother Nature

Volcano Eruptions, Oil Spills, Earthquakes, Storms, Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Firestorms and Floods Mother Nature at her best or Manmade disasters.

Mother Nature or Mother Earth as she is sometimes known, never ceases to amaze me.

With all this current activity that is going on around the world it makes me wonder is this Mother Nature doing her thing or are these recent global disasters Man Made?

We need to rethink how we treat our planet and show a bit more respect for our Mother Earth. We are constantly taken from Mother Natures resources, which in moderation is fine but maybe we are taken more than we need too.

It seems we are having a lot of 'natural disasters' in recent times and it has me thinking. Are they 'Natural disasters' or 'Man Made disasters' ?

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Volcano Eruption Declared Officially Over

By the evening of 6 June 2010, a small new crater had opened up on the west side of the main crater. Explosive activity from this new crater was observed with emission of small quantities of ash. Seismic data showed that the frequency and intensity of earth tremors still exceeded the levels observed before the eruption, therefore scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland continued to monitor the volcano.

In October 2010, Ármann Höskuldsson, a scientist at the University Of Iceland Institute Of Earth Sciences, stated that the eruption was officially over, although the area was still geothermaly active and might erupt again.

Mother Earth and her Awesome Power

Mother Nature and her awesome powers
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The awesome powers of Mother Nature
The awesome powers of Mother Nature | Source

Work to Improve the Monitoring of Iceland's Volcano's

In May 2011, a nearby volcano named Grímsvötn started erupting, disrupting air travel mostly in Iceland.

Work is under way to improve monitoring of Iceland's volcanoes and give earlier warning of possible eruptions.

The FutureVolc project is funded by the European Union and involves more sensors as well as better real-time data analysis.

It is a response to the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, which closed down much of European airspace.

It is hoped the work will enable better detection of imminent eruptions and map their evolution.

"Volcanoes actually scream 'I'm about to erupt'," Dr Matthew Roberts of the Icelandic Meteorological Office told the BBC.

"Before they erupt they show many measurable signs, and it's the challenge for today's volcanologists to actually gather all that information and make use of it in real time and that's exactly what FutureVolc is about."

Devastation in Iceland

Live Video Footage of Iceland's Volcano 2010

Ireland Flying Again

Ireland's airports reopen after ash clouds from Iceland's Volcano Eruption causes air traffic disruption around the globe.
Ireland's airports reopen after ash clouds from Iceland's Volcano Eruption causes air traffic disruption around the globe. | Source

Airports Reopen after Iceland's Volcano Eruptions Causes Air Traffic Disruptions

Dublin Airport reopens, ash threat recedes

Monday, 17 May 2010.

All Irish airports have reopened until further notice after volcanic ash grounded flights yesterday and this morning.

The Irish Aviation Authority said it did not expect to restrict Irish airspace for at least the next 48 hours.

The authority said the ash cloud is now moving east away from Irish airspace.

Restrictions at Heathrow and Gatwick airports have also been lifted.

From 1pm to 7pm today, the no-fly zone remains in place in the Orkney and Shetland Islands, but restrictions have been lifted at all other UK airports.

Airports in Amsterdam and Rotterdam have also reopened.


Airports Reopen

Airports reopen after Iceland's Volcano Eruption.
Airports reopen after Iceland's Volcano Eruption. | Source

Check your Airline's Websites for Updates on Disruptions to Air Traffic

Passengers intending to fly over the coming days are advised to check airline websites before going to the airport.

In a statement issued tonight, the IAA said that revised safety zones agreed by aviation authorities, airlines and aircraft manufacturers are to be introduced from midday tomorrow.

The new zones are expected to reduce flight restrictions.

The new approach consists of a new three-zone safety area that comprises an inner no fly zone, a time limited zone and an enhanced procedures zone.

Aircraft with approved certification can now operate in the time limited zone with the approval of their regulatory authorities and engine and airframe manufacturers.

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Black Gold or Oil

At the moment we have, as I am sure you are all aware, an Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


This is killing so much of our wild life and Lord only knows what it is doing in the ‘depths’ of our oceans. I believe up to now it has spilled 4 million gallons of oil into the ocean.

I once heard somewhere that people refer to Oil as “BLACK GOLD”.

I wonder if the people who refer to Oil as "Black Gold" still think of it in the same way as they watch it destroy our beautiful oceans and wild life?

BP Oil spill in Mexico

BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Spill
Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Spill | Source

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill a Threat to Ocean Life

The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is an expanding threat to ocean life A threat that could ultimately extend well beyond the Gulf.

From the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion to the July 15 placement of a temporary cap on the leaking well, the Department of the Interior estimates 35,000 to 60,000 barrels (1,470,000 to 2,520,000 gallons) of crude oil spilled into the Gulf daily.

At the low end, that's enough to fill the Aquarium's Giant Ocean Tank around 600 times.

Contamination has already spread to the Florida coast and is likely to move north along the Eastern Seaboard via the Loop Current by fall of this year.

President Obama's Oval Office Address on BP Oil Spill & Energy

BP Oil Spill

Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. | Source

BP Begins Capturing some Oil from Gulf Leak

Friday, 04 June 2010

BP says it has begun capturing some of the oil leaking from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico after installing a containment cap at the site.

The US Coast Guard said the containment cap placed atop the leak, a mile beneath the surface, is now collecting about 1,000 barrels a day.

It is a sign of progress after several failed attempts by the energy company. BP has already spent over $1bn on its clean-up operation.

US officials have cautioned against being too optimistic, however, since large amounts of oil are still escaping.

BP does not expect to be able to fully halt the oil flow until August, when two relief wells are to be completed.

Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Spill

Gulf of Mexico Oil spill.
Gulf of Mexico Oil spill. | Source

BP Oil spill Containment Cap

The amount of oil being captured should increase as BP closes vents to trap more oil, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told reporters today.

Earlier, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said the containment cap 'should work' by capturing upward of 90% of the oil.

However, 1,000 barrels is a small fraction of the 19,000 barrels per day that the US government has estimated could be leaking from the well.

Elsewhere, oil sheen and tar balls have washed ashore on a northwest Florida beach.

The oil debris came ashore on Pensacola Beach, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore which advertises 'the world's whitest beaches'.

Florida has been bracing this week for the forecasted arrival of the oil, which has already hit the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to the west.

The Deepwater Horizon rig sank in April after an explosion that killed 11 workers.

A Hell of a Year Ahead. Hurricane Warnings.
A Hell of a Year Ahead. Hurricane Warnings. | Source

Hurricane Warnings 'A Hell of a Year Ahead'

Hurricane Warnings: 'Hell Of A Year' Ahead

12:22pm UK, Friday May 28, 2010

Jonathan Robins, Sky News Online

The coming Atlantic storm season may bring the most destructive hurricanes in years, it is being warned.

Up to 14 hurricanes are being predicted for the Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)... and up to seven of these could be major storms.

"The numbers are going to go up quite high," said hurricane forecaster William Gray.

This year's season, which runs from next week to the end of November, "looks like a hell of a year," he added.

The current hurricane record was set in 2005, which saw 15 of them, including Hurricane Katrina that killed around 1,500 and caused $80bn (£55bn) in damage.

Up to seven hurricanes are predicted to be Category Three or above - meaning they have wind speeds over 110mph.

"If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record," said Jane Lubchenco, NOAA's administrator.

We are being warned of 'A Hell of a Year Ahead' Hurricane Warnings have being giving.
We are being warned of 'A Hell of a Year Ahead' Hurricane Warnings have being giving. | Source

Hurricane Warnings

Hurricanes of this strength can heavily damage buildings and disrupt oil and gas production, experts say.

They could even halt BP's efforts to stem the Gulf of Mexico oil leak.

"If we have a severe storm... my biggest concern is storm surge. Pushing oil up on land even further, up on beach areas in Mississippi, possibly Alabama," said meteorologist Aaron Studwell.

Such a surge would damage beaches and further inundate marshes that authorities are currently straining to protect from the oil leak, Mr Studwell said.

He added that even if BP were to halt further leaking immediately, enough oil is in the sea already to cause an environmental disaster.

Unusually warm sea temperatures are behind NOAA's predictions, but how active the season is depends on how strongly weather condition La Nina forms, which encourages storms to develop.The NOAA says conditions for La Nina are looking very favourable.

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American Romance 6 years ago from America

you know longer have to worry because we still believe it to be black gold, Oil supplies employment to large portion of the US in some form or another and its high time Americans who disagree come back to reality. This is the last big business that supports Americans and should be respected and handled with kid gloves. besides have you ever witnessed how many of those nasty seagulls we have? I think we can afford to lose some!


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi American Romance thank you for your comment. I am sorry for not replying to you sooner but work beckonds and a girl has gotta pay the bills ...

well yes it is, i surpose, 'Black Gold' because as you say it does help us with our home comforts that we have all come to take for granted. And i am sure that Mother Earth has no problem sharing it with us, sure it would't be there if the powers on high did not want us to use it. But mabye we are been a little bit greedy and by all this activity that is happening in the world is her way of telling us to 'stop' and think.

As i am living here in Ireland, and as far as i am aware, we do not have a problem with our seagulls and even if we did, I would not like to see the poor creatures die in such a way. There are better ways of dealing with overcrowding than killing them in such a way.

And have you thought about the knock on effects that this oil spill is going to have on our environment? So yes i agree "should be respected and handled with kid gloves" is what i would like to see the oil drillers remember when they are searching for 'our' "BLACK GOLD"

Nice to have come across your profile American Romance and i look forward to reading your hubs.... Garlic Angel :-)


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

I have just watched the news and I think it is so so sad what all this Oil is doing to our plant and wildlife... It is such a shame...Garlic Angel.. :-(


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Ann Lee 6 years ago

Hi Garlic Angel. I posted a hub on here about the oil spill. An oil industry analyst claims he has received emails stating that there was a dispute between oil rig supervisor and the oil rig worker about starting to pump oil before the cement was dry. (apparently there was a party on board celebrating their success.) I'm sorry, but, when people are that stupid, I can't see treating them with kid gloves.


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi Ann Lee

Thank you for your comment and yes I agree there are some stupid people in the world that if they just focused on the job at hand then there might not be as many disasters in the world as there is today...

When I was quoting American Romances words “treat them with kid gloves” I was referring to Mother Nature herself.. As far as I am concerned she, Mother Nature should always be respected and “treated with kid gloves” Don’t you agree !!!

Again thank you for your comment and I look forward to reading your hub.. Garlic Angel :-)


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suny51 6 years ago

each morning when i open my eyes i say to myself: i, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. i can choose which it shall be. yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. i have just one day, today, and i’m going to be happy in it.


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Ah that is lovely suny thank you.. You put a smile on my face, as you always do.. I shall keep those words in mind next time I am having a bad day...

Thanks again xx

Garlic Angel :-)


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Casangel 6 years ago

Mother Nature gives us so much, we need to respect her.


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Ah Casangel its great to see you have joined the hub pages.. I so love your profile picture,, beautiful..

Thank you for your comment to my hub and yes Mother Nature should at all times be respected and Loved as She is so awesome..

I look forward to catching you again on hub pages and until then Take Care....

Garlic Angel :-)


sandy 6 years ago

all these oil rig spills are carelessness on mans part,looseing safety eqipment,and not watching the equipment.the last one happened april 20,2010,mr.o.didn,t respond by going at oil rig spill site until may 2,2010.i really believe this all could have been prevented,with some intelligence.i think someone could have built a wide 15 foot suction to suck oil at the top of ocean attaching pvc flexable pipeline to attach to a barge& suck it in,& have other barges standing by & reuse the oil,Remember" green"how far down did they drill,i think the volcano eruptions are reacting,these are all tied in under the ocean.I bet greenpeace & our navy seals could put a stop to the leak..


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Sandy Thank you for your comment and yes I have to agree with you 'mankind' have to take a lot of the blame for what is going on with Dear Mother Nature at present...

It is so so sad to watch the horrible mess that this oil spill has left on our planet.. "America's Biggest Ever Oil Spill" is the situation at the moment.. I just pray that when it is fixed that we do not make the same mistake again... Thank you for your comment sandy I am sure we have not heard the last of this oil spill I just hope that it is fixed very soon... Garlic Angel :-)


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Jaypyramid 6 years ago

It always amazes me how we take things for granted. The amount of disruption it caused for so many people when the airports were closed! We take it for granted now that we can go where we like, at the drop of a hat! There was a lot of debate on whether or not the airports should have been closed but as far as I am concerned 'better safe than sorry'.


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi Jaypyramid yes I agree "better safe than sorry"

Maybe if more people thought like that there would not be as many disasters in the world... seems to be that many people put 'money' before 'safety'

Lets hope this Oil spill will wake a few people up and they might learn by their mistakes... Time will tell..

Thank you for your comment... Garlic Angel :-)


markbennis 6 years ago

I love and respect the Ideology of the Native American Indians, they are so beautifully in-tuned to Mother Nature. They see the spiritual side in everything, everything has a spirit, Earth is known as Mother and loved and respected they are the true mediums for her..

How we all could learn so much from them and there wise knowledge. I would love to see them in great positions of power in our fast paced and crazy world I believe they could make great changes and help to restore the already disturbed and delicate balance we are seeing today. Thanks Garlic Angel for this beautifully written hub and may it raise awareness and start a much needed or great debate on behalf of Mother Nature.


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi markbennis, Yes I totally agree with you about the Native American Indians.. They are so spiritual.. As a child I use to dream about visiting America to see how they live.. They have been through so much over the years and yet they are still such strong people.. A lot of people could learn a lot of things from them if only they stopped and listened..

Poor Mother Nature is having such a hard time of it at the moment that my heart goes out to her and that is why I decided to write this hub. I know it will not help her but I just wanted to share all the awesome things that she does, good and bad...

I don’t think the people who continue to ‘use’ the planet for their own gains will ever stop doing what they are doing but I just hope that maybe they might slow down and not ‘take’ so much of her resources. Like I say I am sure she does not mind sharing with us all the wonderful things of this planet but I just think we should stop taking so much and let the planet ‘catch its breath’...

Thank you for your comment markbennis and I hope to catch you again along the road... Garlic Angel :-)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great hub - it has been a busy year for Mother nature hasn't it - earthquakes, volcanoes and now we show no respect with the massive oil spill! One wonders what she has in store for us next?


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi billy,, yes, It has been a very busy year for our dear Mother Nature and unfortunatly now with this oil spill still going on and killing all our lovely wildlife, it breaks my heart to watch.. Each day I put the News on and all I see are our animals, fish, and birds covered in Oil (Black Gold) and it is so so sad to think that because of our greed for this resource, we, have caused such a disaster... I just pray that we all learn from this and it will never happen again... As you say "One wonders what she, Mother Nature, has in store for us next" I think maybe she, Mother Nature, may be thinking the same about us "What do they have in store for me next" !!!!!

Thank you for your comment to my article and I hope to catch you again along the road... Garlic Angel :-)


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

All these stuff going on should make us ponder and reflect on how we are taking care of Mother Earth. I know that Mother Nature is not out there to punish us but rather tis a consequence of our actions.

Congratulations! Your hub is a Hubnugget Wannabe! Check the Hubnuggets details over here please: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/hubnuggets-go...


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi ripplemaker Thank you for your comment.. Yes I agree a lot of what is happening with Mother Nature over the last few years is surely a lot to do with how we have been treating our planet and all the resources we help ourselves too. Such as The Oil.. I was watching the news tonight and I have to say I was a little bit frightened by what I saw and heard. BP still has not gained control of the spill and the oil is still rushing out. I just pray that soon they will be able to control it and then sit down and learn by their mistakes. All we can do is wait and see!

Again thank you for visiting and thank you so much for the good news of my nomination for the hubnuggets Wannabe I am overwhelmed at been nominated.. Garlic Angel :-)


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Hi-Jinks 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Great Hub. I was watching the movie Wall-e, and was looking over the web for reviews about the robots and found that several thought the movie to be horrible as it blanes W. Bush and Wal-mart for our troubles.

We need to get off the oil drunk and on to something cleaner and safer.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

Congratulations Garlic Angel on being nominated for the HubNuggets Competition in the social Issues category. I have voted for this excellent hub


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi Hi-Jinks well Thank you for your comment. I have not had the pleasure of seeing the movie you speak of but I am familiar with the story line and it sounds interesting maybe one day I might take my grandson to see it..

As for putting ‘blame’ on whomever, well I think at this stage we really should concentrate on stopping this oil spill and cleaning up after it..

And yes I do think that all the Greedy people should most certainly get off the “Oil Drunk” and get out there and clean up the mess they have left behind..

Thank you for your comment and let’s hope we will see an improvement sooner rather than later...Garlic Angel :-)


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi viking Thank you so much for your vote and yes I am Overwhelmed at been nominated and I feel like a ‘winner’ already at been nominated by such great writers.. Garlic Angel :-)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Nature is so resourceful and seems to combat whatever is thrown in her wake. Nice hub :)


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi shazwellyn Thank you for your interest in my article on Mother Nature.. Yes I do agree, she, Mother Nature, is good at combating what is thrown at her but do you not think it is time we stopped throwing these things at her... she may eventually get fed up and decide one day not to ‘Catch’ it and where would we all be then ???

Maybe it’s time we gave her a rest and let her ‘lick her wounds’ and ‘recharge her batteries’ she must be very sore from all these drills that are constantly drilling at the planet looking for Oil (Black Gold).. I do understand that we need the resources from her but enough is enough..Time we all cut down on all the energy we waste in our daily routine.. Every little helps...

Thank you for your interest in my hub and I hope to cross your path again along the way... Garlic Angel :-)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Both positive and negative actions spur on a reaction that's just the balance of nature. Sadly as resilient as Mother Nature has been one can only produce from what she has been given. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being selected as one of the HubNugget Wannabe's nominee. Good Luck to you!


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi Money Glitch Thank you for visiting and yes I was/am delighted to have been nominated and I will feel like a winner even if I do not win.. Yes I know that Mother Nature is resilient but I think somehow that ‘The Balance’ is somewhat ‘Unbalanced’ in reference to your comment.. Yes we need a little give and take but in my opinion I really think we should stop taking so much. We drill the earth for Oil destroying so much wildlife in the process and when things go wrong we make an even bigger mess. We then use the oil that we have taken and bit by bit we destroy our atmosphere with so much air traffic and not to mention NASA__ Of course these thing are a part of our lives now but I think we should maybe ‘slow the pace down a little’ and let the planet heal...

Sorry I know I go on a bit but I feel so angry at the moment looking at the mess this latest disaster is having on the poor wildlife because of BP's bludder !

Thank you again for the comment and taking the time to read this and I hope to catch you again... Garlic Angel :-)


American Tiger 6 years ago

I LOVE garlic, believe in Angels, I'm only Irish on my Parent's side and dream of visiting Dublin... We could be soul-mates! Except, you're going to hate what I have to tell you:

Mother Nature has far less respect for the Earth than Man does. Over the last 150 years, global volcanoes have belched trillions of tons of poisonous gasses into the atmosphere. Hundreds of times more CO2 than Man has created, in the same period of time.

As far as oil spills are concerned, we don't even come close! 26,061,000 gallons of oil ooze out annually from just North America’s ocean floors. Non-stop since the beginning of time. And that doesn't count all the rest of the world's sea-beds. How are we ever going to compete with THOSE kinds of numbers?

Then we need to discuss those "Harmonious, Spiritual, Earth Friendly" Native American Indians. Tribes that fit that description did and do still do exist, but they were the exception, not the rule.

When our ancestors (evil white doody-headed European gun-totin' Bible-thumpin' busy-bodies, all) met them, the natives were stone-age bloody-minded barbarians, barely out of the caves. They had slavery and never ending tribal warfare, which made uniting virtually impossible. They didn't have the WHEEL! They generally crapped where they stood -and never wiped- which was one key factor in their Nomadic Ways.

Given their incessant waring and stone-age societal stagnation, historians have speculated (rarely out-loud) that had Evil Whitey never come, North America would not yet be in a Bronze Age.

Certainly, there were numbers of native peoples who were more interested in crops than fighting, but their slave-taking crop-stealing war-minded neighbors made it all but impossible for them to grow their numbers.

It's OK to take pride in the advancements White Christian Europeans have brought to the world, particularly in light of what "Natural" peoples do, when left to their own devices.

Man is just as natural a part of the Earth as Polar bears and Snail darters. We have as much right to use her resources as any other creature, and we're far better stewards than we give ourselves credit for. We fight her fires and clean up after her constantly. We help our brothers all over the world when Nature conspires to kill them. Does any other creature do those things?


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Garlic Angel 5 years ago from Dublin Author

Hello American tiger. I am so glad you like garlic and believe in angels and I would like to thank you for your comments to my hub.

As for Mother Nature not having respect for the planet I have to disagree with you. It is ‘her’ planet after all.

I think your comments about the native Indians are a bit to the extreme and bare no reference to the way we abuse Mother Nature and her planet, especially in the last 50years.

Yes she ‘Mother nature’ has no problem sharing her resources’ with us but as I say in my hub we need to slow down and not abuse these resources to the detriment of our planet.

I agree that overall we are good ‘stewards’ to the planet but I also think we can lose the run of ourselves at times and get careless.

And I think ‘fighting her fires’ and cleaning up after Mother Nature at times is a small price to pay for all that she does and gives to us all.

Thank you for visiting my hub and your views on the subject.

I apologise for the delay in replying but I have not been offline for a while due to family commitments.

Garlic Angel :-)


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very interesting and informative. Good visuals, too.


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

If you have read even a few of my Hubs you know that I can't resist a good natural disaster although I don't give Mother Nature the credit, it is nice to see other Hubbers noticing the Earth Changes!

Good article I like the layout and style of your writing I will return, although some might not agree that is a good thing . . . !


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Garlic Angel 4 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi somethgblue welcome and thanks for visiting. Yes I agree that a lot of the time it is mankind that gives Mother Nature a little shove now and again. Unfortunatly we are inclined to take more than what is intended and mankind can be very greedy indeed. It seems to get worse as the years pass and I,m afraid Mother Nature is finding it hard to keep us with us. Lets hope she can cope with all that we put her through for the sake of future generations....

Catch you again along the road somethgblue :-) Garlic Angel

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