From the Sketchbook: Another Way to Visualize Global Change

Here are more brainstorming exercises to help visualize stability and change.

Images 1 and 2 depict two stability states, one robust and one tenuous.

Image 3 seems (to me) to be a reasonable representation of our current circumstances.

Images 4 and 5 are a bit more ominous (especially image 4) because they suggest abrupt changes. For large organisms and complex cultures adapted to relatively stable conditions, abrupt change is troublesome.

Ways to visualize stability and change, plate 1. © Fred Montague
Ways to visualize stability and change. © Fred Montague

Ways to visualize stability and change. © Fred Montague