It takes just a couple of paragraphs in Genesis for the Earth to take shape, grow with life, and after that people. Obviously, that advancement in fact took millions of years.

This week, as the world saw a huge cyclone collect in the Earth’s warming waters, and wreak horrible damage on life in the islands of the Bahamas and other places, there was another humbling tip that human beings really just play a supporting function in the history of the Earth.

Scientists have actually revealed what they call the Great Oxidation Event. They say it ruined nearly all life on Earth about 2 billion years earlier, even prior to the rise and termination of the dinosaurs, a mere millions of years back.

Malcolm Hodgskiss, a Ph.D. prospect at Stanford and co-lead author of the research study, states scientists found barite, an ancient mineral, in rocks in Canada’s subarctic. The rocks have chemical signatures locked inside that assistance researchers identify what the Earth’s environment was like when they were formed.

Scientists say the Earth’s just living residents about 2 billion years ago were bacteria. When they photosynthesized, that process that turns light into chemical energy, the small organisms filled the Earth with oxygen– too much oxygen. The excess essentially poisoned the environment for 80 to 99.5% of the organisms that then grew on Earth; and left the world almost lifeless.

Malcolm Hodgskiss informed CNN, “Even our most conservative price quotes would exceed price quotes for the amount of life that passed away off during the termination of the dinosaurs approximately 65 million years ago.”

A character in Nevil Shute’s 1957 novel, On The Beach, who considers the world being engulfed by nuclear radiation, informs a good friend, “It’s only completion people. The world will go on just the same, only we shan’t remain in it. I dare state it will get along all right without us.”

A new scientific research study and real events reminded us today that the Earth sustains. It’s us, all the living things that inhabit it for a while, who are vulnerable; and who know our time is short lived.

The microorganisms that preceded us countless years back didn’t know what was taking place to the Earth as they lived, or what would happen to them because of it. There was nothing they could do. We understand what’s happening on this Earth all around us. We understand what we can do.Copyright 2019 NPR

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