This morning I was communing with nature sitting in a glider under a pergola on my freshly stained deck with birds eating from a feeder not five feet away. Absorbing the sunshine and feeling the occasional ever so gentle breeze wisp across my face, I was thinking about this glorious day and just how beautiful nature is. Oh, how I had waited throughout my business career for the freedom to enjoy just this impromptu scenario.
And then, I went into my home office to see what was up with the rest of the world via the Internet and happened upon the article that follows. It’s so very nice to know that there are still creations of GOD that man’s plunderings have not marred or destroyed. I can only pray that in fact, this Australian lake remains as it has for eons and that there are other beauties of nature like it.
‘God’s Bathtub’ Discovered In Australia, Blue Lake Has Remained Untouched For 7,500 Years [PHOTOS] – Posted by International Business Times, June 5, 2013:
Australian scientists have discovered a lake that has been untouched by man and climate change for the past 7,500 years.
Blue Lake, off the southern coast of Queensland, has been studied by a team of researchers who have found that the body of water has been in the same chemical state for thousands of years. Dr. Cameron Barr, from the University of Adelaide, and his team studied Blue Lake’s discharge, water quality, fossil pollen and algae and found that the lake is unaffected by climate change.
“It’s like God’s bathtub,” Barr told the Australian Associated Press. “It is beautiful. It is absolutely beautiful.”
What accounts for the Blue Lake’s pristine condition? Location. It’s situated on North Stadbroke Island, a sand island. The lake drains out in a nearby swamp and its water gets replaced by an aquifer every 35 days.
“Because it’s constantly being updated, it doesn’t suffer from the vagaries of the climate insofar as it doesn’t evaporate and become more saline,” Barr told the Australian Associated Press.
News of Blue Lake’s “godly” state came as a surprise for researchers.
“We didn’t realize just how unique and unusual this lake is until we started looking at a wide range of environmental markers,” Barr told The Australian. Besides the chemical samples, scientists also studied photos taken of the lake over the past 117 years.
Barr notes that despite climate change factors the region has experienced in recent decades, Blue Lake showed “little variation” in its shoreline and water chemistry. In fact, Barr believes that Blue Lake will continue to remain unspoiled by man.
“With appropriate management, the lake could continue relatively unchanged for hundreds, possibly thousands of years to come,” Barr said.