The Environmental Science class is building an ethanol car and still. Watch KEYC-TV's news coverage at the Martin County Fair.
Great article in the Fairmont Sentinel also about our amazing Science program at MLHS. Read the full article by clicking on the photo below.
There is nothing better than a glass filled with ice and lemonade on a hot summer day. According to the media we should have a warmer than average summer as global warming continues its "havoc" on our planet. (A warmer summer actually sounds pretty good to me. This way i can have more than one lemonade.)
What should we think about global warming? And, is carbon dioxide the culprit? First, it is really quite hard to deny that the average temperature of the planet does seem to be increasing. The biggest question in the debate is: what is the cause of the increasing temperature?
Let me do a little Minnesota history to provide you with a possible answer to global warming. Once upon a time, not so long ago, many people believe that there were two miles of ice on top of the state. There is some debate of how long ago it really was. So, how do you get two miles of ice and snow on top of Minnesota?àthe Flood. Where did all the ice and snow go? How about this – It melted! 4,000 years ago when the Floodwaters receded, the climate changed due to rapid geographic shifting of the tectonic plates, as a result, massive dumps of ice and snow piled up on much of North America. We commonly refer to this pile of snow as the North American glacier(s). Then the southern portions of these glaciers melted quickly giving Minnesota much of its unique terrain. From that time until the present, the ice continues to melt. This results in warmer temperatures. We all understand how this works, because as the same event happens in our lemonade, our drink keeps getting warmer.
I certainly do not believe carbon dioxide is the reason. Carbon dioxide is merely part of the carbon cycle. The reason we have fossil fuels in the first place was because the carbon that is now in the fuel was once in the atmosphere, taken in by plants, made part of the food chain, and then buried quickly under temperature and pressure during, you guessed it,àthe Flood. Without that series of events, we would be in BIG trouble. Can you imagine where we would be today without fossil fuels. Releasing the carbon back to the atmosphere is just part of the cycle. The temperature is increasing because we have not reached a stasis point from the time the Floodwaters receded. It is getting warmer faster now than in the past, because we have less ice.
Al Gore sees the melting of the polar caps as a potential end to the planet, so do I. However, i think the polar caps are a clock that is telling us that Creation’s eager wait is drawing to a close. Romans 8 helps us understand that when Adam sinned all of creation was “subjected to frustration” – vs20. Creation also eagerly awaits Jesus second coming – vs19. Earth "groans" as a result - vs22. So what should we do in the meantime? How about: grab some sunglasses, some sunscreen, another ice cube for your drink, and prepare for His coming. In fact, pour two glasses. Share one with your neighbor and share the Gospel story. We do not have much time to enjoy the opportunities we are given. After all, Jesus did say He is coming soon – Revelations 22:20. The glaciers seem to agree.
Come Lord Jesus, Amen!
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