Economic Multipliers (89)

Do you know what these are?

They help CREATE wealth in systems.

Sublimation is an economic multiplier.


Really … Just how far should anyone take a concept?

I only planned to talk about ice but then I looked up the definitions of this word.

In psychology, sublimation is a transformation of a less desirable emotion or behavior into something more desirable (for you and/or society … forgiveness that allows you to be happy can fall into that category). That sounds like an economic multiplier.

In chemistry, sublimation is one process which is used to purify substances. That sounds like an economic multiplier.

In winter, sublimation is the transformation of ice to vapor without going through a liquid (melting) phase: It’s effectively the evaporation of ice when the weather conditions are right.

Although this doesn’t really sound like an economic multiplier, the process can help ‘correct’ some problems if you pay attention.

Ice is one of the most powerful natural forces I know of: Water expands when it freezes. If there is no ‘space’ for it to expand into, it exerts extreme pressure:

    • You don’t want the extra pressure on basement walls (like swelling clay, the ice can try to push the wall inward).

    • You don’t want the extra pressure between cracks in concrete (they may expand).

    • You don’t want the extra pressure underneath sections of concrete (it can cause portions to heave).

    • You don’t want the extra pressure creating stress on pipe connections and joints (they may break).

I try to keep ice away from places where it could cause problems by clearing some snow from the roof and clearing downspouts and drainage paths but this year (2013), due to rain coupled with snow coupled with an unusual combination of freezing and thawing weather, the ice is just about everywhere.

Sublimation has been helping take some of it away (OPEN). To me, that’s an economic multiplier.


If you ever get bored and think snowflakes, ice crystals, weather and photographic techniques for taking pictures of tiny, frozen things might be interesting, a snowflake expert prepared a strikingly beautiful book entitled Ken Libbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes: Imagine dedicating your whole life to the study of snowflakes around the world and creating a whole new form of art as you pursued explaining the physical phenomenon.