Contemplating the Jump
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Contemplating the Jump

Art at ArcheanWeb: Part of the Dreamscape Series

Individuals who care for their local environment are the foundation for real change, so for those of us concerned about the environment, happily croaking frogs tell an encouraging story. A neighborhood walk on a pleasant spring or early summer evening is often accompanied by pockets of frogs trying to outdo each other with amphibian love songs. Good gardeners will tell you that healthy, thriving frogs are the sign of a healthy environment.

Equating healthy frogs with a clean environment is more than just a boastful saying from zealous gardeners—science also supports the claim. Frogs, it seems, are indicator species, or species that are particularly sensitive to their local environments. Like the canary in the coal mine, indicator species will die off early, leaving the rest of us with a warning. 

The artwork, “Contemplating the Jump” captures a small frog resting on a leaf. The colorful amphibian is offset against a grayscale leaf and a muted blue background.

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Contemplating the Jump
Contemplating the Jump by WM House
William House
William is an earth scientist and writer with an interest in providing the science "backstory" for breaking environmental, earth science, and climate change news.