Geological Art: Nature’s Dark Edge

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“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.“ ~ Robert Bresson

One hundred years ago today, the scientific community observed the knowledge of Earth’s history turning into a progressively less effective guide to the future. Civilization enters a dark edge in the practical perception of our planet. To get more insight into the subject, one must picture himself in his grandchild’s time, a century hence. Major global warming has occurred, as scientists forecasted. For instance nature’s longstanding, repeatable patterns are no longer so reliable. Cycles that have been fundamentally determined during modern history are today disrupted by extensive changes in temperature and condensation. As Earth’s temperate alleviates, new patterns begin to appear. Initially, they are confusing and hard to spot. Scientists note similarities to Earth’s emergence from the last ice age. These new patterns need many years to reveal themselves fully, even when monitored with contemporary observing systems. Meanwhile, the farmers will struggle to predict new seasonal patterns and regularly plant the wrong crops. Early signs of major drought will go unrecognized, so costly irrigation will be built in the wrong places.


Such a dark edge is a growing possibility…

Echoing a reflection on dark edge of nature, this article will be of interest to Earth Sciences Geologists and Geology enthusiasts interested in the discussion of its impacts on modern earth environment. Featuring the artists Naomi Zettl and Andreas Kunert, whose work coalesces around the idea of an “exoticized imaginary” of Nature’s Dark Edge. This seems like a flimsy rationale that doesn’t quite capture the art on view, but regardless, it is visually fascinating.


Scientific Breakthroughs

The transitional time period is our major challenge. Without considerable scientific breakthroughs, we will remain reliant on pattern-based methods for time periods between a month and a decade. The problem is, as the planet warms, these patterns will become increasingly difficult to discriminate. Thus may throw in a troubling issue for regions of the world subject to El Niño, monsoon cycles and other long-term weather variability. Predicting extreme weather may become even trickier than it is today.


Global Weather patterns

The oceans, which play a main role in global weather patterns, will also see extensive shifts as global temperatures rise. Ocean currents and circulation patterns evolve on time scales of decades and longer, and fisheries change in response. We lack reliable, physics-based models to tell us how this occurs. Our best knowledge is built on what we have seen in the past, like how fish populations respond to El Niño’s cycle. Climate change will further undermine our already limited ability to make these predictions. Anticipating ocean resources from one year to the next will become harder.

Fortunately though, civilization’s understanding of Earth has expanded enormously in recent decades, making humanity safer and more flourishing. As the patterns that we have come to expect are disrupted by warming temperatures, we will face huge challenges feeding a growing population and prospering within our planet’s finite resources. New developments in science offer the best hope for keeping up, but this is by no means guaranteed.



Creative inspiration flows directly from nature and the pure simple forms and rhythms that are inherent within the creative forces of the Earth and Universe. The medium used in creating these mosaics is stone which is ancient, timeless and permanent. Finding relevance in the most ancient sites around the world, built from stone with an immortal, timeless and mysterious quality connected to the truth, power and flow of nature; what is known today as sacred geometry.Of paramount importance to both artists was the intention of their art work: To re-awaken the spirit and wisdom of the ancient world; to renew people consciousness and awareness and finally, to help us remember/notice the creative forces within us and in nature; bringing honor, respect and sustainability to all conscious and sentient beings.

What kind of thought process did you go through when you first saw these artworks?

Featured Mosaics: Courtesy Of Naomi Zettl and Andreas Kunert

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