Essay on Earth 's Life On Earth

1819 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
Planet Earth is an unbelievably intricate and delicate network of interconnected systems that has slowly developed over the last 4.5 billion years or so. From the aftermath of the Big Bang this planet arose as a mass of energy and elements. From that newly born mass of energy and elements evolved structured, dynamic systems containing three states of matter, solids, liquids, and gases. The evolution of this planet continued to unfold over billions of years in such a unique way that eventually conditions emerged with the ability to foster life.
Everything is connected to everything. From the largest animals, such as whales, and elephants to the smallest microorganisms like bacteria, all life on Earth has a common ancestor. Some how our species has come to dominate the landscape in such a short period. Furthermore, what gives us the right to do so? Since, the history of life on Earth began about 3.8 billion years ago, everything has followed a natural course of evolution. However, our rapid success as a species has begun to affect this natural order. With our population at seven billion and climbing, we have played a tremendous role in the disruption of the Earth’s natural systems. As we continue to grow and have a greater impact on the Earth’s systems, it is imperative that we address our role and relationship with nature.
We humans possess the ability to manipulate the landscape and recognizing the consequences of such doings leaves us in a peculiar situation. As a species,…

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