- Think about the artful effects of
erosion on the
surface of our planet spaceship...
- Livid Magma gushes from
tortured fissures as the Earth's crust shatters violently into raggedly ravaged plates!
Grinding by one another in catastrophic chaos attempting to rid
themselves of the terrible excess heat, they prepare nature's canvas
for an ageless kind of macroscopic artistry... far older, even, than the
birth of our indifferent star!
- Concurrently, torrential rains eat away at our
forever evolving landscape like a hungry acid shower! The inconstant extremes
Sol turn that
stone-carving rainwater, further, into tiny little tool mechanisms —
ceaselessly contracting and expanding microscopic levers ... hammers
and chisels of hydraulic irresistibility working busily and
to sculpt the tormented surface of our rocky starship into what can only
be called natural works of art!
- It is the water,
finally, used like trillions upon trillions of tiny stone-affecting
tools — shaping, restructuring and reinventing the rocky masterpieces
of our single planet home. Some of the art produced by this profoundly perfect process suggests the (immodest) spire of the Washington
Monument, but, as an artist who can carve the whole of a planets face
with her knowing fingers... erosion is capable of much GRANDER artifice!
- Beneath the tortured fissures mentioned earlier huge
columns of aforementioned magma rise! These battering lava flows insistently fracture
the overlying rock with tremendously extreme —diamond producing—
pressures, and (finally!) spew forth into the open air as monstrously
expressed and exploding GOUTS of liquid rock,
boiling mud, and choking ash! Seen from above, it is Nature
casually preparing to throw monumental statuary.
- The smoke belching studios of her violent
artistry run for eons, pushing the plastic rock higher and farther up
the centers of the angry mountains — torturously produced ...
- ...Millions of years after these eruptions have ceased,
the weaker exteriors of these extinct volcanoes have worn away to the
ceaseless manipulations of their inexorable
- Revealed! Previously
buried, but now
sky pointing, rocky interiors of breathtaking statuary! Hundreds of feet tall, they rise into the
air like stony skyscrapers. The air now howls and moans around
them noisily like ephemeral companies of lost artistic souls.
- These tough vertical interiors stand
alone, at last (after millions of years), like the (too rudely) phallic
Washington monument already described ... unrepentant rocky columns of
ancient basalt accusing the indifferent sky with rigid and unwavering
- Returning abruptly to the ubiquitous
craftsman, and owing to water's peculiar
ability to be at its most dense four WHOLE
degrees above the point at which it freezes solid —a
it is the water used to
shape and carve these monuments as only water
can. It is the water —finally—
the real tool of this not-so-subtle artist of erosion, and the proudly
pointing pillars that the water creates remain... chiseled from the surrounding weaker rock like the
unsung supports of the sky itself!
- Similar pillars, monuments, or columns can be found
on the surface of the moon. Tilt!
- Consider the moon.
- Stasis is synonymous with her
lunar body. Her surface remains unchanged and unmoving but for the
chance meteoric affliction or the shuffling feet of the
- Virtually changeless, the only thing that
regularly MOVES on her silent lunar face are the
edged shadows created by the unrestricted
— hard cornered but insubstantial wraiths our star chases around as
it bakes her previously distressed and pockmarked still-life surface.
- A lover's heart drawn in the dead gray dust of her
lunar soil will likely outlast all the earthly pyramids
and, even, the inexorable seas that wash those pyramids away...
- There is no atmosphere to carry the wind born tools of erosion's
artistry on our moon. There is no water
casually moved around to be used as tiny rock scarring levers.
or no, lunar volcanic activity PRECLUDES the formation of the rocky
lava towers to begin with — irrespective of this dearth of erosive
mechanisms to dig them away! Yet, they ARE there!
- What are they?
- . . . Somebody knows!