Shungite is a unique combination of carbon and silicate minerals found in an ancient deposit in Karelia Russia. Its uniqueness stems from the presence of hollow molecular carbon cages known as fullerenes embedded within the rock. Fullerenes (also called buckyballs) look like soccer balls—molecular hexagons and pentagons bound together in a hollow cage or tube. They were named after the noted architect, Buckminster Fuller because they follow the same architectural pattern as the geodesic domes he created.
About a billionth of a meter in diameter, fullerenes are incredibly stable. When propelled against a steel surface at 17,000 miles per hour, they literally bounce off. Clusters of fullerenes join diamonds and graphite as the third known form of crystalline carbon. Fullerenes were discovered in 1985 by Robert Curl and Richard Smalley. Together with Harold Kroto they synthesized these three-dimensional forms of carbon while trying to simulate the high-temperature, high-pressure conditions necessary for the formation of stars. Their discovery won them the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996. The natural existence of fullerenes remained unclear until they were verified in deposits of shungite and since discovered in meteorites and in outer space. In 1991, Science magazine named fullerenes “molecule of the year,” calling them “the discovery most likely to shape the course of scientific research in the years ahead.” Scientists everywhere are researching fullerenes for their technological applications in material science, electronics, and nanotechnology. An entire “family” of buckyballs are known today—from 32-carbon atoms (C32) to giant fullerenes with 960 carbon atoms (C960). Fullerenes resonate in the far infrared spectrum with all forms of living matter. They are thought to be connected with the generation of life.
Fullerenes in Shungite
The rock deposit found in Russia (shungite) is the only known natural source of fullerenes on Earth (with the exception of a few meteorites). The rock has been studied extensively by Russian scientists, but only within the last few years has information regarding shungite reached the Western world. According to Russian and Ukrainian research, fullerene-rich shungite has the ability to neutralize numerous forms of negative energy. It attenuates electromagnetic emissions essentially providing protection from electromagnetic fields. Shungite has been successfully used for many years in Russia to assist patients with depression, trauma, and other emotional and psychological disturbances. Special shungite chambers have been constructed for this purpose.
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