The Role of Lignin for Fire, Explained

Carboniferous Period, charcoal, conduction, convection, evaporative cooling, fire, Fire-Maker series, fire-making, fitness, Goldilocks, humus, industrial age, Intelligent Design, iron, Life Sciences, lignin, metallurgy, metals, nature, organic compounds, oxygen, photosynthesis, physiology, plant cells, pottery, radiation, steam engine, trees, wood, woody plants
Without lignin, there would be no woody plants, no wood, no coal, no charcoal, no fire, no pottery, and certainly no iron or metallurgy. Source
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In Praise of Copper, a Gift from Nature

Alfred Russell Wallace, aluminum, ambient temperatures, conductors, copper, corrosion, crustal rocks, ductility, Earth’s crust, electrical devices, fire, Fire-Maker series, fitness, fortuity, gold, Intelligent Design, iron, lead, machinery, mantle, metallurgy, metals, rocks, silver, steam engine, Stone Age
If the conductivity of copper were ten times less, wires would have to be ten times the cross-sectional area to provide the same conductivity. Source
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For a Technological Civilization, We Must Have Metals

ambient temperatures, atmosphere, beams, copper, ductility, earth, electric age, electric generators, electric motors, electrical conductivity, electrical power, electricity, fire, Fire-Maker series, girders, industrial society, Intelligent Design, Maya, metals, respiration, steel, Technology, tensile strength
It is very doubtful that any beings in the universe could develop a civilization remotely comparable with our own without the use of metals. Source
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By Design, Earth Is a Planet Fit for Fire

ambient conditions, atmosphere, atmospheric pressure, civilization, combustion, Douglas Drysdale, earth, Edward McHale, fire, fire spread, fire sustainability, Fire-Maker series, gases, gravity, Intelligent Design, mankind, metabolism, metals, Mount Everest, NASA, nitrogen, oxidative metabolism, oxygen, Physics, Earth & Space, respiration, Stone Age, Technology
As we have seen so far in this series, fire was an absolutely crucial component in humanity’s rise to civilization and technology. Source
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