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Name: Hareema S.
Status: Student
Age: 14
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: November 2003


Question:
What would the world be like if there were no decomposing microbes?



Replies:
Dear Hareema...

This world of ours is (or was made to be) in a a perfect equilibrium. Without entering in any religious or philosophical digressions, that is a fact. Every single living being has a place of of its own in the world. The equilibrium and economics are all adjusted.Or must be. If there were not decomposing microbes probably there will be not things for them to decompose...or within time things would arrange themselves in a different way for them to decompose or there will be not the Earth as we know it. As there are so many different worlds.

Of course what I say is an image. But we must keep in mind that what holds the Earth like it is depends upon the species equilibrium, all of them. Even the ones we can call "bad". That is why Ecology is so important for maintaining life.

And thanks for asking NEWTON!

Mabel
(Dr. Mabel Rodrigues)



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