Water Oughter

We are blessed with a thalassogen on this good Earth
that knows not our rules, or has forgot ‘em
when most liquids get hot they rise to the top
when they cool they sink fast to the bottom

 Our friendly Earth liquid tries hard to comply
As it cools it adds ever more weight
But just when it seems it’s about to freeze
It exhibits an irrational trait

 It  gets a bit lighter then freezes to ice
Which is wonderful news for us sheep
Imagine it did not and what’s the result
Well, ice would all sink to the deep

So what! you may say and little would care
But more ice would soon be forming
and sinking right down to lay on the rest
resisting all attempts at rewarming

 It would not take long for the oceans to freeze
from bottom to top, not so nice!
Come Summer and maybe the top bit would thaw
and float on the heavier ice

No plankton, no fish so none of us here
could ever have come up from the sea.
So give thanks to the lightening that always occours
beginning below four degrees C.


Author: Low Wattage

Expat Welshman, educated (somewhat) in UK, left before it became fashionable to do so. Now a U.S. Citizen, and recent widower, playing with retirement and house remodeling, living in Delaware and rural Maryland (weekends).

3 thoughts on “Water Oughter”

  1. Conceptually interesting and a bloody good thing too!
    Tundra/taiga always interested me too. Melting on the top, underlaid by frozen soil/rock and then presumably melted below that from the earth’s heat. One never hears about how deep the frozen layer is though. Presumably thinner where near volcanic activity etc etc.

    You really are a pest, now I shall think about that for hours and end up seeing if there is any current research! Bugger off and go fishing!

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