“The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place. All through the long history of Earth it has been an area of unrest where waves have broken heavily against the land, where the tides have pressed forward over the continents, receded, and then returned. For no two successive days is the shore line precisely the same. Not only do the tides advance and retreat in their eternal rhythms, but the level of the sea itself is never at rest. It rises or falls as the glaciers melt or grow, as the floor of the deep ocean basins shifts under its increasing load of sediments, or as the Earth’s crust along the continental margins warps up or down in adjustment to strain and tension. Today a little more land may belong to the sea, tomorrow a little less. Always the edge of the sea remains an elusive and indefinable boundary.”
– Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist, and writer (1907–1964)
Why poetry here?
Many believe that our most imaginative, creative, and possibly productive people practice some form of art. Visual, musical, and literary arts all exercise and develop sensitivities and skills in pattern recognition, which are also necessary for assessing relationships between data and facts in scientific research. So, to hone these abilities and tell the story of Celestial Geodynamics at yet another level, we present this poetry for your enrichment and enjoyment.