Earth (112/365)

by Lee Santiva April. 22, 2019 375 views
Preparing the fields (taken March 31, 2019)

Preparing the fields (taken March 31, 2019)

Earth is cultivable soil. The earth in the fields about 300 meters from our house consists primarily of sand and clay and is of high quality. We tend to take good soil (earth) for granted.

Young shoots emerge from the soil (taken April 21, 2019)

Young shoots emerge from the soil (taken April 21, 2019)

Or we think that contamination of the earth is a relatively recent phenomenon caused by major disasters like the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl in 1986.

Young shoots of green onions emerge from the earth (taken on April 21, 2019)

Young shoots of green onions emerge from the earth (taken on April 21, 2019)

You would be surprised that there is contamination in Germany not so far from where we live (about 30 minutes) due to mining during the Middle Ages over 500 years ago.

Contamination can be forever and as the singer Prince says "that's a mighty long time". 500 years ago, in the process of separating silver and other minerals from the rock, the soil became permanently contaminated with arsenic, lead, cadmium and thallium (among other things). There's nothing anyone can do to reverse the damage.

Now imagine you want to build a new house and you're looking at this pretty green meadow with a great view.

Contaminated soil below this meadow

Contaminated soil below this meadow

In the region around the town of Wiesloch, in the earth there are highly concentrated amounts of heavy metals which you cannot see, smell or identify in any way. As a home builder, you are responsible for the removal of the earth which is escavated for the foundation. There are high fees for this because the earth is classified as "hazdarous" and requires a special closed transport to a special facility.

You also will never be able to grow vegetables directly in the soil in your garden but instead would need to purchase soil and grow everything in planters. You wouldn't want your small (grand) children crawling around putting dirt in their mouths either...

Now think about all of the damage we are doing to the environment today. It will also be forever. Our earth is precious, let's preserve it.

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Bethany Plonski 2 years ago

I love the images, but your text is even better. Amen!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years ago

Thank you Bethany

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Berckmans Peter 2 years ago

Very sad to hear,but it is not only there. Here in Hoboken we had the same with a big factory. They cleaned out a big area of ground where people lived on their own costs. We should take more care of mother earth.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your story too! Glad to hear the factory was made to pay for the cleanup

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Bob Rosenberg 2 years ago

A very compelling story, Lee.  Thanks for providing that background with your very nice images.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Bob Rosenberg 2 years ago

Thanks Bob! It means a lot to me when you take the time to comment because then I know the time investment was worth it

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Bob Rosenberg Replied to Lee Santiva 2 years ago

Aww shucks.   When I get a notice that you have a new posting, I always go right to it.  Yours are always very interesting and fun to see.

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Camellia Staab 2 years ago

Very nice take on today's topic. 👏 smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years ago

Thank you!

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Björn Roose 2 years ago

Amen to that !

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Jay Boggess 2 years ago

Good info to remember!

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