Essay I: Identification/Short Essay Portion and Longer Essay Portion Identification/Explication (15 pts. each, 75 pts. possible). Instructions: To begin, please download this document and type your answers in the spaces provided. In this first sectio



That primeval ocean, growing in bulk as the rain slowly filled its basins, must have been only faintly salt.  But the falling rains were the symbol of the dissolution of the continents.  From the moment the rain began to fall, the lands began to be worn away and carried to the sea.  It is an endless, inexorable process that has never stopped—the dissolving of the rocks, the leaching out of their contained minerals, the carrying of the rock fragments and dissolved minerals to the ocean.  And over the eons of time, the sea has grown ever more bitter with the salt of the continents.













Bearing in his right paw the Shovel that digs to the truth

beneath appearances; cuts the roots of useless attachments, and

flings damp sand on the fires of greed and war;


His left paw in the Mudra of Comradely Display—indicating

that all creatures have full right to live to their limits and that

deer, rabbits, chipmunks, snakes, dandelions, and lizards all grow

in the realm of the Dharma;




Referring to any one of the works by Rachel Carson and Loren Eiseley attempt to understand nature as a continually changing and adapting process rather than as a single, fixed entity.   Compare the skill with which these two writers present their attempt to understand the world before them offers each a window into the deep, evolutionary, pre-historical past.  Be sure to “judge” one writer over the other by any criteria you see fit.

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