The Living Earth: The Organic Origin of Rocks and Minerals
An increasing number of enthusiasts are attracted by the rich variety of rocks and mineral around us, and new ways of looking at them. In this book, Walther Cloos views the Earth as a living organism, with different kingdoms of nature―mineral, plant and animal―as stages left behind as the Earth develops. He shows that everything that now appears inert and static was once dynamic and alive.
Informed by Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, Cloos considers many different aspects of geology, with chapters on oil, sedimentary rocks, radioactivity, volcanoes, and metals.
This book is a useful companion to Gerbert Grohmann’s book, The Plant: A Guide to Understanding Its Nature, and should be of interest to anyone concerned with the soil and biodynamic agriculture.
About the Author
Walther Cloos (1900-1985) grew up in Darmstadt. He studied pharmacy at Stuttgart Technical University, where he also attended lectures on mineralogy and geology, doing his practical training and working as an assistant in pharmacies in the Spessart region, near Hamburg and in the southern Black Forest. Having heard Rudolf Steiner at the independent academic course in Stuttgart in March 1921, he attended a second course held in Darmstadt in July that year. Later he would say that he had not been as impressed by Rudolf Steiner as others were, and that it was only the study of Steiner’s written works that he came to appreciate him. Cloos took great interest in the plant world, and especially in the medicinal plants he was growing himself at Weleda Schwaebisch Gmuend. He also closely studied alchemical writings.