"Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall proclaim Your praise."
As I am missing summer terribly and since we were discussing the miracle of photosynthesis today in science class here is a post from June replete with really big numbers...
|More horsetail ferns. So much love for these...|
|I ponder the joy and delight I feel seeing him absorb the wonder of creation around him and wonder how much more joy and delight our Father, who loves us, made us, and made all this must experience when we do the same!|
|My kitchen window companion, minus a few fingers.|
|I find plants that take root in sand, rocky craggs, or other harsh environments to be fascinating in their tenacious austerity: stripped down in simplicity; perfectly, gloriously complete.|
|This is the same type of grass as above but with the roots exposed. How wonderfully adapted to life in a harsh, ever-fluctuating environment - a sandy, rocky, brackish inter-tidal zone.|
|My nature lover displays one of his finds.|
Praise to You, O my Lord!
*zillions? Is that even a real number? Okay, let's just say a lot. Just how much sunlight is converted into food energy via photosynthesis in a year? Between 57,300 and 71,000 exajoules! What is an exajoule? 10 to the power of 18 (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) or one quintillion joules! To put in perspective - the United States total energy consumption is roughly 94 exajoules per year. I just read that there are estimated to be 3.4 trillion trees in the world! And that algae and other ocean plants are responsible for 30-40% of the total output of oxygen in the world. Oh, and another fun fact I learned this morning: the sun emits 400 Yettajoules (10 to the power of 24 = 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000, or a septillion joules) per second!
How many cells are at work converting sunlight into ATP? Well, the world's smallest photosynthetic individuals - Procholorococcus - a cyanobacterium - number in the octillions alone! (1 with 27 zeros after it).
So kids, the next time you are questioning God's providence... take in a deep breath, let that plant-generated oxygen permeate your lungs and try to count to octillion.