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Shungite is a remarkable black stone that has been used in Russian households for centuries. Although it looks similar to coal, shungite has physical and chemical characteristics that are unlike any other natural mineral substance.

Where does Shungite come from?
There are several theories about the origins of shungite. Since it has unique properties formed by extreme temperatures only known to occur in stellar interiors and during lightning strikes, some scientists believe it came from a meteorite that crashed into an area of northwestern Russian, possibly billions of years ago. This location, on the shores of a lake in the Russian Republic of Karelia, is the only place shungite is found on Earth.

For hundreds of years the waters which spring from shungite rock formations around this lake have been used for healing purposes.

Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, supplied a piece of shungite to each of his troops to purify their drinking water.  History records that when an epidemic of dysentery broke out during the Battle of Poltava between Russia and Sweden, the Swedish forces did not have the shungite advantage to clean their water and, weakened by dysentery, lost the war (1709).

Shungite’s composition & characteristics
Shungite consists of fine crystalline silicate minerals in an amorphous carbon matrix. The silicate particles are approximately 0.5 to 1 micron in size. Shungite is made up of spherical structures called fullerenes rarely found in naturally occurring minerals. Shungite is electrically conductive, has high strength, density, chemical resistance, catalytic, adsorptive and redox properties.

About Fullerenes
Fullerenes are a newly discovered (1985) form of carbon which was previously only known to exist as diamond, graphite or coal. Fullerenes are named after Buckminster Fuller, the  American architect who designed geodesic domes which resemble spherical fullerenes in appearance. Fullerene C60 looks like a soccer ball and is also referred to as a ‘buckyball’.

Fullerenes are hollow spheres of strongly linked hexagonal and pentagonal rings. They have enabled so many breakthroughs in science, medicine and industry that the laboratory scientists who developed their use received the Noble Prize for Chemistry in 1996.

The quantum behaviour of fullerenes has captured the attention of scientists who have observed a Fullerene C60 Buckyball pass through two different slits simultaneously, making it the largest particle known to demonstrate the wave/particle duality of matter. This experiment is typically performed with much smaller particles such as electrons, photons or single atoms.

The discovery of fullerenes in Shungite
For several years after fullerenes were first discovered by researchers in 1985, it was believed that fullerenes could only be produced under laboratory conditions. In 1992, geochemists working at Arizona State University, noticed similarities between laboratory-produced fullerenes and shungite. The recognition that shungite embodies naturally occurring fullerenes sent shock waves through the scientific world. Since then, Russian scientists have been developing the use of shungite for a broad range of applications including restorative agronomy, radiation shielding materials, stealth technology, water treatment, chemical de-contamination, and a new generation of medical breakthroughs.

Different grades of Shungite

Chemical composition and appearance varies with different grades of shungite. ‘Dull’ shungite is the most plentiful & least expensive form. It can be polished to a high shine. ‘Bright’ shungite is rarest, most potent and expensive. It has a glassy black metallic appearance and not to be confused with ‘dull’ shungite that has been polished to a high shine.

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Disclaimer:  The info in this article has not been evaluated by Health Canada. Any products mentioned herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Information and statements made herein are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your family doctor.

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