Writer, Project Manager, Environmental Advocate
Water -- Earth -- Life
Water must also be thought of in terms of the chains of life it supports--from the small-as-dust green cells of the drifting plant plankton, through the minute water fleas to the fishes that strain plankton from the water and are in turn eaten by other fishes or by birds, mink, raccoons--in an endless cyclic transfer of materials from life to life. We know that the necessary minerals in the water are so passed from link to link of the food chains. Can we suppose that poisons we introduce into water will not also enter into these cycles of nature?
--Rachel Carlson, Silent Spring, 1962