"In some ways, the marine ecosystem is like a single organism, where the sum of photosynthesis and respiration among countless forms of life adds up to a three-dimensional global metabolism. The fact that ocean circulation is always moving stuff around makes it difficult to study these processes - unlike studying trees in a forest, one can't return to look at the same organisms day after day."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.