Viktor Schauberger practically became water. He spent a lifetime observing streams. He let his mind flow away with currents. He was self-taught. His insights into how water moves are amazing. Equally amazing, is what he created with this knowledge. “Comprehend and copy nature” was his motto. Viktor explains how spring water levitates to the surface. Along the way it ripens. A beautiful balanced water emerges from, often, a mountain top. This water is very different from its aquifer counterpart. Along the way it shed heavy metals and achieved a mineral balance only hundreds of feet spent in-winding upon itself could achieve. We can test this. Test a spring and the well water that comes from the aquifer. They are different. Animals visit the land springs emerge from. They are healthier lands. The reason water emerges from an aquifer as a spring is because of the unique character of water. It is at its densest at 39.2 Water is squeezed in an aquifer from above and below. The surface heat stays above 39.2 and makes water expand anytime it heads for the surface. From below thermal heat does the same. Water is squeezed until it must emerge from the coldest possible route: Forest covered mountains.
Permaculturists believe in learning from your biome, comprehending and copying. Beautiful systems are being set up that add more and more layers to land. Each layer is chosen for its ability to make more life happen. These are life compounding systems! Contour planted hills make every drop of water penetrate. Aquifer recharge is at it’s highest here. Knowingly or not these designs call spring water emergence to them.
Albrechtians follow a much studied soil mineral balance for the greatest expression of the land. The calcium and magnesium ratio forms the core of their work. Then they put in place all the essential minerals and trace minerals for compounding life. These are also regenerative systems.
I recently got to study a land health anomaly. Acres an acres of wild ramps and countless rare native plants roll over hills under mixed deciduous forest. There are two marble quarries at either end land. I took a soil test and was blown away by the 17% organic matter, 14% TEC and ideal Ca:Mg ratio. I have taken many soil tests on the land outside of this area. Nothing even ever closely resembled this soil. Not all of this soil is connected. There are places where it covers a hill, stops as you near the river and then starts back up another hill. I thought maybe it was the quarry dust blowing over the area but that doesn’t fit the wind direction or farther distances. The calcium to magnesium ratio of the dust is 2:1. That is far off from the beautiful 66.2% calcium to 12.4% magnesium. After spending hours walking around the beautiful land I had a few ah-ha moments. This land is spring feed. That deep cold water loves to emerge through this cold hard marble mountain range. I saw places in the quarry where the water veins were exposed. The flow shapes Viktor espoused have been carved, over eons, into the rock. Marble is a very hard rock. It weathers exetremely slowly. As a parent material it is not giving back to the soil minerally. (Maybe paramagnetically?) There are not just one of two springs in this area. There are many and I belive there are many more that wouldn’t qualify as a flowing spring. In fact I bet the ground is lush with wild ramps and rare natives because of how many springs trickle into the soil. Like I said earlier most springs emerge on mountains. Not here. Here they emerge from top to the bottom. The cold marble must be great sanctuary for water.
I went home and I looked up on the internet mineral content of spring waters. I know all spring waters are different but I saw some patterns in the Ca:Mg ratio. They were similar to the ratio I manage for in the soil. I’ll have to do more tests but could encouraging springs balance calcium and magnesium?!
I was left wondering where in nature’s design did the soil trace minerals come from? Maybe slowly, animals bring them. Animals from all over visit this land. Local hunters know it as the best land to hunt on. Maybe the traces have yet to come? Maybe I am observing this process happening now? Maybe the old growth timbers and abundant wildlife had accumulated them but now they are all gone?
This brings together the two camps because it gives natural foundation to the balance Albrecht “stumbled” upon. It also illuminates why it might be in our interest to balance a few minerals in our permaculture systems until we get springs flowing and wildlife in abundance bringing in the traces!