Water has always been a big part of my life. When I was little my dad built a pool in our backyard. And he taught me and my sister how to swim. And a few years later I learned how to surf. And since then I have basically lived on the beach and in the water. It’s ironic really. My favorite part about surfing is paddling out as far as you dare to go and then turning and staring at where the water meets the horizon. And then I’d just sit and stare out letting my mind go numb.
The irony is that I can find the ocean so peaceful and a source of peace when the ocean itself is chaotic and in turmoil. It is two faced and mercurial. For hours it can ebb in flow in predictable and repetitive patterns and within seconds it becomes dark and sinister. It can go from gently raising you and letting you float down to bashing you with such force that it breaks bones. But maybe that’s where I find the peace in the ocean. In the fact that it can be interpreted as an allegory for life. Where it can look like nothing but clear sky for miles and then in the blink of an eye everything can collapse around you. But even when you think that dark skies is all that your life will ever be it changes like lightning again. So the message is that everything will pass. The good and the bad. But you have to hang on to the good moments and not worry about the coming dark times. And when you’re in those dark times you have to focus on the good to come.
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My love for water is not limited to the ocean. I’ve always loved the rain. Some might think that it’s gloomy and depressing but for me it’s cozy and clean. But just like the ocean it has its own dark side. While most see rain as a symbol of cleansing and renewal, rain also has the potential to destroy and burn. With the increase in pollution in recent times, acid rain has become more of a problem. Acid rain is a rain or any other form of precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that it possesses elevated levels of hydrogen ions (Wikipedia).
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The acid in the water is dangerous to plants, certain materials and even the oceans. The high pH levels are corrosive and can wear away at statues, paint, the metal of cars etc. The addition of hydrogen ions to water bodies can damage fragile ecosystems. Fish eggs need specific pH levels to hatch. The acid can kill enzymes in water and disrupt the chemistry of the soil, killing plants. Statues made of limestone or marble are also vulnerable. The calcium carbonate in the rock reacts with the acid to create a compound known as gypsum which coats the statues and then flakes off, distorting the image.
Growing levels of sulfur and nitrogen compounds in the atmosphere lead to the development of acid rain. These compounds are the products of factory emissions and the burning of coal. The effects of pollution does not stop and rising global temperature from global warming. Acid rain also has the ability to be extremely detrimental to our lives.