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Under de kommande två veckorna kommer jag och Gerard Rocher-Ros att blogga från ett snötungt Abisko. Vi tänkte börja med att presentera oss genom att dela med oss av Ellen Wohls svar på de inskränkningar som sker på naturvetenskaplig forskning i USA för tillfället. Mer speficikt, angående avslutandet av ”The stream protection rule”, vilken var menad att skydda vattendrag från farligt avfall från kolindustrin. Gerard och jag forskar till vardags på näringsdynamik och koldioxidbalans i vattendrag i Abisko.

For I will consider small streams.

For small streams make up 70 to 80% of the length of the world’s rivers.

For a stream may be small in size yet great in effect.

For small streams are the entry point of fine sediment and contaminants moving downslope into rivers

For the ability of small streams to store or transmit these materials strongly influences water quality throughout river networks.

For small streams provide unique habitats.

For salamanders and fish travel to small streams in their seasons and stages of life, seeking refuge from floods and extreme temperatures.

For small streams are beautiful and comprehensible, and we must have beauty and comprehension in the world.

For small streams in forests catch and store bits of leaves and pine needles.

For microbes and insects feed upon these bits of dead plants.

For insects emerging from small streams drift downriver and feed fish, or fly into the neighboring forest and feed songbirds.

For elfin, emerald gardens of algae and mosses grow in the clear water of small streams.

For mayflies dance like fairies in the early morning mist of small streams.

For to destroy the small streams is to rip off the leaves and branches of the tree until all that remains is a barren trunk.

For we bury them beneath the remains of decapitated mountains.

For we encase them in pipes in both cities and farmlands.

For we plow over them, drain them and ditch them to resemble canals.

For one can reasonably ask, if it’s small enough to step across, does it count?

For those with a reverence for the natural world understand that even the smallest cogs and wheels can be vitally important.

Ellen Wohl är professor i geologi vid Colorado State University.

 

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