Tyndall

Tyndall Glacier

Tyndall Glacier

Yes, it’s Tyndall again. See my other post regarding a discovery of his. After watching a movie yesterday on Netflix called Chasing Ice, I wondered how many glaciers there are in the United States. I saw my home state of Colorado has at least 13 (one website said 14). I’ve been to one of them. They are small and one of them is named after John Tyndall. In the United States there are glaciers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

Wikipedia defines an ice glacier as a persistent body of ice greater than 0.1kmĀ² so that’s a pretty small area and converts to about 24 square acres. That is a little more than 21 football fields for you NFL fans.

What’s so interesting about Tyndall Glacier besides skiing on it year ’round? Not much except the fact that it’s a glacier and like many in the world, it might just disappear. You can see where I’m going with this post.

I feel like I’m like most people when it comes to global warming. I think about recycling and try to use the right trash can for recyclables. I don’t think I do much else though. My house does have a lot of CFL lighting which must make a little difference. The toilets are low flow and I don’t water a big yard but my HOA demands grass in the front yard. But I haven’t changed my driving habits. Is that where I have a large carbon footprint?

How is this world of consuming going to change? I just don’t see it happening. The politics behind this have to do with governments and corporations unwilling to subordinate their power and interests. I think marketing green is making us think they’re doing something about it. You think they’re going to change much? The citizens will be in an uproar if they take something away from us or we don’t get a new iphone every year.

Anyway, I’m going to visit Tyndall Glacier and as many of the other Colorado glaciers I can. I watched the receding glaciers on Chasing Ice and was profoundly moved by what’s happening. Don’t let people tell you that global warming isn’t being caused by humans. Refer them to the movie. You can see the changes. You can’t see carbon dioxide.

Where can you see this movie (Chasing Ice)? Look here….http://www.canistream.it/search/movie/chasing%20ice

I want my little Tyndall Glacier to stay put (even though I don’t even know where it is yet) so I can see it one day. I sure would like to go to Alaska and look at those as well. I hear the fjords are awe inspiring.

 

Carbon dioxide sign

Carbon dioxide sign

 

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Do you want blue eyes?

Do you want blue eyes?

I’ve written about why blue eyes are blue. It has to do with the smaller amount of pigment in the iris and the Tyndall Effect. Pigment is not blue. It’s brown or yellow. And there are all kinds of color contact lenses that can change eye color and those are pretty easy solutions. Sometimes those color contact lenses can look pretty realistic.

But there are a few other ways and specifically I’m going to mention a way to change your eye color surgically using a laser. It’s not approved yet but if it does get approved this might be a huge thing! The company trying to get approved is called Stroma Medical Corp. They say that their laser can remove the outer layer of pigment cells and leave the rest of the iris alone. That I guess would then allow the Tyndall Effect to occur since the front layer of pigment would no longer absorb light rays.

Their website goes over a few of the concerns people have had with destructing pigment in the eye and the regulatory hurdles they need to get over before it’s approved. I admit, it sounds plausible and interesting. You might need about $5000 to do this and willing to only have 1 eye done at a time with a year wait before the other eye could be done. At least that’s how the procedure would work now.

They also say than they have a method that can predict what your eye color might look like before the procedure. Because there’s a mix of yellow and brown pigment and the amount of those can determine how much green there is in an eye, they must be saying that the results could be slightly different than what you might be expecting. They’ll have to sell some of you to believe a hazel colored eye is just as good as a blue eye. Maybe that’s true. Remember my post about that Afghan girl and her eye color?

Here’s the website below for that company. What I’m going to do is put a google alert on this company so if google gets any news on this I’ll put something in the comment section.

Just a note….I’m not implying that blue eyes are all that. It’s just interesting how we get blue color from our eyes and now this company wants to give brown-eyed people blue eyes while taking your $5000. Would it be worth it?

http://www.stromamedical.com

heterochromia

heterochromia, part brown, part blue

 

 

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