Originally Posted by boondockdad
Something tells me you also consider yourself equipped to educate on anthropomorphic global warming and it's imminent devastation, as well
"Leading climatologists" put the impending "ice age" at 1999, based on your 'human fingerprint', so to speak... I think the latest money grab at the UN pushed it out to 2017. Let me get Algore on the phone and check...
So Ian, essentially what you're saying is humans are parasites.
Are oily fingers more or less altering than the CO2 in the air? Should we hermetically seal the caverns, or just reduce the population?
Nice troll attempt -- it wont work. Nothing you're suggesting I've written, have I indeed written. My only point is that your posts suggest you are ignorant (as are all of us) as to the full ecosystems in many of these parks; that your mistake at Mammoth is likely a bad interpretation of an improper phrased request as a personal attack. I wonder though in your original self-professed /rant, and subsequent replies in this thread if the original request by the ranger or guide was indeed proper and educational, but a pre-disposition may be clouding your judgement or influencing your reaction on the issue and the discussion.
Regarding consequences, touching a stalactite may not have the same level of regional consequences as an eruption or global warming; but the consequences to that stalactite can be substantial and permanent from the actions of a single individual; let alone half a million visitors per year to Mammoth.
I will signoff from the thread with a posting of the current NPS mission statement:
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
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