Water, a True Miracle


I hadn’t intended to start this blog with a discussion of water but I recently saw several references to water and it’s connection to life and the Synergetics geometry we are espousing here, so I am taking a little detour from my original plan, if there is such a thing.

The first reference was a documentary film on the fact that science now basically agrees that water is the only requirement for life. It’s the only thing that is essential. Not energy, though water requires energy. Life cannot exist without water. It’s no mere coincidence that water has such an important place when you consider the fact that water alone of all of the molecules which can exist as liquids, is the only one which gets less dense as it freezes. Ice floats. The significance becomes apparent when we realize that once water freezes over it effectively insulates itself and retards further crystallization. In other words it is very difficult for a body of water to freeze solid which would presumably terminate whatever life may exist. Handy if you are trying to keep evolution going for a few million years.

Liquid water exists at a very wide range of temperatures and pressures and life has been found in deep trenches in the oceans with no light, having evolved in an environment previously thought unsupportive of life. Now, it is also no coincidence that the water molecule H2O is, geometrically, a slightly splayed tetrahedral shape which helps explain some of the other unique characteristics of water.

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