African Elephant

Nauset marsh is created by barrier dunes that trap Massachusetts Bay waters on the Cape Cod peninsula and an African elephant feeding on brush.

The biosphere as a game of life

The game of life is played by every participant living on the planet.

Landscapes, plants, fungi, bacteria and animals all play important but different "positions" in this game where strategy is more important than winning.

If the carrying capacity of the playing field is exceeded, everyone loses who is playing the game.

carbon dioxide animationIf the assimilative capacity of the air, water, or other essential nutrient driven ecological services is exceeded the game is compromised and the number of players may --and often is-- reduced in number and variety. The animation here shows a cartoon of how carbon dioxide, for example, moves through the participants in the game of life that reside in an Olympic Peninsula rain forest in the Pacific Northwest.

When the game is compromised it is up to the dominant players to repair the assimilative capacity–or the ability of the game board to tolerate all of the players–based on the existing rules and objectives of the game.

Restoring the assimilative and carrying capacities of the game board is done by teams of bacteria, fungi, plants and animals working together by revegetating wetlands, planting forests, restocking and restoring stream fisheries, lakes, or re-nourishing sources of open space, air, and water such as underground aquifers, aquifer recharge areas, or watersheds.

To make the earth function well and optimally for all its creatures is the ultimate goal of the game we are engaged in.

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