Water and Our Life Essay

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Rachel Carson, she asserts that water is our most precious natural resource and goes on to state that "most of the earth's abundant water is not usable for agriculture, industry, or human consumption because of its heavy load of sea salts" (1) and therefore "in the midst of this plenty we are in want" (1).

Okay, so let's examine this particular argument; first she says that the earth's abundant water is not usable for consumption etc., due to the fact that the water contains a heavy load of sea salts. Really? Rachel offers no facts and no figures to back up her assertion, instead she implies that we are desperately in need of drinking water because most of the water is so heavily sedated with salt that it is undrinkable.

Even assuming that her assertion was true, the logical answer to the dilemma is that the water would have to be cleansed of the salt, thereby ensuring its potability. However, Rachel does not provide any grounds to support her claim, or even come up with a solution such as the one stated by this essay. Her essay contains no material at all to support her assertion. Instead, what she offers in a rambling, meandering way
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is a denigration of mankind's indifference to chemicals in the drinking water. The essay never mentions why or how chemicals in the water have any bearing whatsoever on the fact that water is not usable due to its 'heavy load of sea salts." The reader is left to wonder how one relates to the other.

Rachel's diatribe against chemicals in drinking water (presented in essay form) is really nothing more than assertion after assertion such as the one that states "ever since chemists began to manufacture substances that nature never invented, the problems of water purification have become complex and the danger to users of water has increased."

Again her assertions make little or no sense, they are left dangling in the wind with no supporting statements in sight. An intelligent reader of Carson's essay might wonder at the danger posed by chemists manufacturing chemicals that nature never invented. After all, chemists have been experimenting with chemical compounds for centuries, not just since the 1940's as asserted by Carson.

It could be that Carson is playing to a kooky environmental group that bases its whole philosophy on down with evil men and up with good nature. If her intended audience is a group of environmental whack jobs, then…

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