The Living Earth

The Organic Origin of Rocks and Minerals

Walther Cloos; Translated by Katherine Castelliz and Barbara Saunders-Davies

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New ways of looking at static, inert rocks and minerals as part of the dynamic development of the Earth.

218 x 150 mm
Lanthorn Press
Philosophy of the Natural World
14 b/w photographs
160 pages
Publication date:
01 Jan 1977


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 argues that everything currently inert and static was once dynamic and living.

The author considers many different aspects of geology, including chapters on oil, sedimentary rocks, radioactivity, volcanoes and metals. Throughout, it is informed by Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science.

This book is a useful companion to Grohmann's 'The Plant', and should be of interest to all those concerned with the soil and biodynamic agriculture.

Table of Contents

1. The Basic Framework of the World of Rocks
2. Previous Stages of the Living Earth
3. The World of the 'Mineral-Plants' and their 'Signature'
4. The 'World-Plant-Animals' and its 'Signature'
5. The 'Plant-Nature' and Schists
6. The 'Animal-Nature' and Limestone
7. The Human Being and Salt
8. The Mystery of Oil
9. The Sedimentary Rocks
10. Volcanism and the Birth of Terrestrial Fire
11. Natural Radioactivity and the Process of Germination
12. Meteroritic Phenomena
13. What is the Mineral Composition of our Rocks?
14. Metals in the Life of the Earth
15. Embryonic Development and the Basic Processes of Rock Formation
16. 'Time' in the Development of the Earth
17. The Earth as Seed of a New World
Table of Geological Formations


Walther Cloos (1900-1985) was a pioneer of anthroposophical pharmacy. He also studied mineralogy and geology and at the Institute of Clinical Medicine in Stuttgart, Germany, he developed a method of metal distillation for use in medicine. He later worked for Weleda and taught at the Goetheanum.

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