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The Elixir of the Earth
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To grow a greener lawn, have healthier trees,and cultivate bigger vegetables, the soil needs to be enriched. Before reaching for that bag of nitrates or other chemical fertilizers, the conscious homeowner or farmer should stop for a moment to consider what needs to be put back in the soil to enhance its life-giving properties. Like the magnificent form of the human body, the earth has the wondrous capability of healing itself. When forested areas of the world use up the nutrients in the soil, the earth has a built-in remineralization system that can be learned from and applied right in the back yard. The process is known as remineralization through rock dust application. John Hammaker, a research scientist in Massachusetts, postulates that each ice age in the history of the earth regenerated its topsoil.
When the planet forests deplete the soils of nutrients, they begin to die off, releasing their stored carbon into the atmosphere. All this carbon builds up in the atmosphere, creating a “greenhouse effect” and causing a rise in the earth’s temperatures.
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This heat is most concentrated around the equator where the sunlight is greatest. The higher temperatures cause evaporation, and the moisture rises, creating a vacuum underneath which pulls in cooler air from the polar regions. As the air is pulled in from the North and the South, another vacuum ensues, pulling the warm moist air towards the poles. During this time there is a lot of strong activity like typhoons and hurricanes that occurs in the earth’s subtropical regions. When the moist warm air from the tropics arrives in the polar regions, it hits the cooler temperatures and condenses as snow. The snow builds up, and the weight causes it to pack into the ice and push southward from the north pole and northwards from Antarctica. At this time there is an increase in earthquakes and volcanoes caused by the extra weight on the continents. The glaciers descend, grinding up all rocks and mountains in their path, remineralizing the soil.
When the forests again take root, they absorb the carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, and the ice age diminishes.
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Hammaker has extended this hypothesis to explain what is currently occurring on earth right now. According to Hammaker, earth’s inhabitants have accelerated the onset of the next ice age through the burning of fossil fuels and the deforestation of large forested areas like the Amazon. Hammaker says the only way to stop the glaciers from knocking down our back doors within this generation or next, is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, reforest the cities and the country side. By replanting and remineralizing the earth through rock dust applications.
While Hammaker advocates going out and remineralizing all forests and fields, the average homeowner usually does not have the time to take on such a large task. However, simply by taking care of one’s yard and garden through natural means, the accumulative effects will yield significant results on a global scale.
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November 10, 2013
Rock Dust Dept