We'll call this an article in progress. This hour long documentary on the life of a pioneer in biomimicry before biomimicry was a word (long before Janine Benyus brought it to public awareness) is a wonder. As a guy who loves ecology, and has a website on ecology, there's a lot in this article I did not know, some of it startlingly basic, such as:
- That the physics of water are such that rain is absorbed more easily when it falls on soil that is cooler than its own temperature. This is important because the most basic way the earth keeps its soil cool is by extending a forest canopy over the soil. What this means is that where we have forest, rain water seeps deep into the ground and the underground aquifers are restored. When we clear cut, the temperature of the soil becomes warmer than the temperature of the rain and as a result, the water does not seep into the soil, but rolls of the surface, causing flooding, erosion and the lowering of the water table, which leads to drought. The complete water cycle must contain a forest or else the cycle is short-circuited right where it is supposed to be purified and stored underground for longterm supply.
- Rivers flow in their beds in a spiral motion and are best controlled from their center, not their banks.
- You'll have to watch yourself for a whole bunch more, or wait until I have the time to put a few more of these thoughts down.
Long story short, Viktor Schauberger was an extraordinary figure whose legacy is still teaching us more and more everyday about how to live in harmony with the Earth and the laws of ecology, as is demonstrated by all the scientists who appear in this film to talk about the exciting work they are doing. Do yourself a favor and set aside time over a few days to watch this video.
PS: For some reason, the YouTube account hosting this video seems to require it to start playing at 19 minutes. I highly recommend you drag the progress bar back to 0:00 and watch from the beginning!BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS