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Rachel Carsons Silent Spring begins with a short story depicting a made-up town in the heart of America where all life once lived in harmony with its surroundings Carson quickly presents her central issue by quickly describing the disasters this made-up town faces Because what silenced the made-up town was the inhabitants and their ignorance to the environmental hazards they had imposed as a result of their decisions Although the town does not exist the potential of the occurrence of these disasters is an eye-opener for the reader as well as a great lead in for the book A reoccuring theme in biology life is a result of the interaction between living things and their non-living environment However this balance is disrrupted when the non-living environment is contaminated by dangeroud materials Carson states that since the 1940s over 200 basic chemicals have been created for killing insects weeds rodents and other organisms considered pests by our society The introduction of such chemicals into our environment have caused an unmeasurable amount of damage The environmental damage caused by a pesticide must be measured in the totality of life forms it affects ie along the entire food chain Sprays to kill mosquitoes accululate in fish in fish-eating birds and in mammals eating birds and fish including man Todays insecticides are no match to the inorganics and the Arsenicals used before World War I Of these the most widely used can be classified as either DDT or the organic phosphorus insecticides DDT is a chlorinated hydrocarbon Many believe this pesticide is harmless because there have been a substantial number of people that have come in contact withteh chemical and have suffered no physical damage But the truth is that DDT is very harmful Although the harmful properities of the chemical is not seen immediately its damageing characteristics become measurable as the chemical is passed on from organism to organism through the food chain becoming more and
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