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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Shattered

In many areas of the Earth’s crust, impeded flow of silica-bearing fluids creates intense pressure that produces localized catastrophic rock failure. Although instantaneously formed, these valve-like zones of weakness open and close with each seismic cycle of stress. This process can continue for thousands of years and the resulting damage zones we see are often cored with rock fragments within a matrix of quartz. Our complex and flawed nature makes us susceptible to destructive influences and the local and global impact of today’s increasingly hostile and high stress environments. Sadly, many lack the strength and support to withstand the constant attrition. They and their families are left physically, mentally and emotionally broken. It is only by ending the cycle of chronic stress, behaviour and shame that we can hope to heal and limit future harm.

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Date Taken: 11.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Canada
Copyright: © Andrew Abraham