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Catching the Earth Thinking Through Gravity

Here are some examples of how the Earth thinks without using human thought.

Raising Water Without a Pump

Great height can be gained by evaporative surfaces connected to water tension surfaces in very fine tubes in which water tension is stronger than gravity. Return flow by gravity, again using water tension, through a separate set of tubes.

Gravity Mixing With Wind to Become Lateral Movement

Gravity pulls these poplar catkins down for maximum wind exposure and enables them to function as pendulums, accentuating wind effects. The horizontal movement of the pendulums is transferred by the wind into lateral movement, distributing pollen to trees at a great distance, effectively making each tree a massive pendulum.

Gravity Creates Rivers

Without gravity, a river would not flow to the sea, granted, but without gravity, it would also not flow at all. The gravity pulling this sagebrush slope down to the Thompson River is pushing what would otherwise be a lake into a flow. In effect, the flow of the river is the force of gravity constraining it from the sides.

Creating Soil

Only in a heavy gravity environment would sage brush leaves hold to this rock despite the endless Thompson Valley wind. In effect, the rough water-trapping hairs on the leaves provide more connection with the rock than the force of either wind or gravity to remove it. The crust lichens are also able to defy gravity by surface contact, broken only when water entering the rock freezes in the winter and breaks off an outer layer, which gravity takes away, and the lichens with it. This mix of fine mineral and organic particles becomes at first a crust on the soil, in which seeds can be held from blowing away in the wind, and in channels that otherwise trap water. Soon it becomes a grassland, created by gravity’s ability to both separate and mix materials, in conjunction with material’s energy for binding.

Using Gravity as a Ladder

In the manner of a fish ladder, Siya? bushes climb gravity-drawn water uphill through a breccia slope created by gravity as well, living from bacterial communities themselves climbing the hill after dissolved minerals gravity draws downhill to the river. In effect, this entire slope is operating as a tree.

Using Gravity to Move the Seasons

These sagebrush buttercups use gravity to press their stalks against the soil surface, where tree and grass litter, drawn down over them by gravity, can expand the warm surface zone several centimetres and move the seasons one or two weeks earlier.

Using Gravity to Recycle Carbon

The gravity that created the Earth continues to heat its core. The resulting heat radiates, causing the cold stone of the Earth’s surface to shift, be drawn down by weight into the hot planet, melt as its water is heated to steam by gravitational pressure, and be returned to the Earth in new form. Old sea beds, the repositories of billions of tons of Carbon Dioxide from old invertebrate shells, are returned to the atmosphere in these events, and settle as ash, under the effects of gravity.

The minerals formed by its interaction with groundwater create a unique class of catalytic chemicals capable of initiating a variety of chemical processes that would otherwise be latent — in a way similar to the way that leaves create carefully sculpted catalytic structures of carbon, which they then fill to produce sugar and oxygen. In effect, this slope north of Spences Bridge is a giant leaf.

Use Gravity to Create Zones of Safety

Without steep, friable slopes, there would be no mountain sheep, but there are, as these series of trails at Cook’s Ferry show. The slopes prevent access to predators like wolves and coyotes, at angles matched to the anatomy of Mountain Sheep. It is here they go to safety. They will always graze nearby, where access to refuge for their young is nearby. The silt itself is created by gravity in the beds of post glacial lakes as large as sees.  When they drain away under gravity, the slopes are ready for sheep. The grazing sheep do will increase erosion, which will keep gravity’s role in expanding this landscape alive.

On Earth, gravity is not abstract but an active force that moves, creates, shifts, transforms, expands and combines relationships of energy and matter (especially their zones of intersection.) Surely, that is thought.


Next, let’s practice merging with it.

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