Project Global: Ground


This exploration of our current day metropolitan condition as a system of systems deals with the crust of the Earth as a primary carrying capacitor of human activities, from the extraction of resources deep within the ground, to agricultural operations that barely scratch the surface.

Part 1: Lexicon

Part 2: Atlas



Part 1: Lexicon index

︎ Formation

    ︎ Kaapvaal Craton
    ︎ Johannesburg Dome
    ︎ Vredefort Dome
    ︎ Topsoil
    ︎ Müggelsee


︎ Measurement    ︎ Schwerbelastungskörper
    ︎ Mining Earthquakes
    ︎ Low-tech Soil Testing
    ︎ Soil Texture Triangle
    ︎ Geologic Time Scale 
    ︎ Stratigraphic Colum
    ︎ Geographic Information System
    ︎ Ecotone
    ︎ Cultural Landscape

︎ Prototype
    ︎ Unter den Linden
    ︎ Zoological Landscape
    ︎ Counterculture
    ︎ Cultural Agency
    ︎ Mine-pit Lakes
    ︎ Parliament of Things

︎ Land distribution
    ︎ 1913 Natives Land Act
    ︎ District Six
    ︎ Eavesdropping
    ︎ Reconciliation Policy
    ︎ Land Grabbing
    ︎ Land Acting
    ︎ The Red Ants
    ︎ #PutSouthAfricansFirst
    ︎ Suburban Enclaves
    ︎ Parallel State

︎ Extraction
    ︎ Cullinan Diamond Mine
    ︎ Platinum Group Metals
    ︎ Zamazamas
    ︎ Gold Rush Inertia
    ︎ Sinkhole
    ︎ Maize Doctor
    ︎ Coal Hands

︎ Infrastructure
    ︎ Gautrain
    ︎ Le-guba
    ︎ Lesotho Water Project
    ︎ Deutscher Wald
    ︎ Arrival City

︎ Production
    ︎ Safari Economy
    ︎ Agritourism
    ︎ Rainfall Line
    ︎ Upington Airport
    ︎ Tiergarten Transformation
    ︎ Pivot Irrigation
    ︎ Allotment Garden
    ︎ Bokoni Terracing
    ︎ Johannesburg Forestation
    ︎ Game Farming Cycle

︎ Waste
    ︎ Trümmerberg
    ︎ Fab-Soil
    ︎ Mining Waste Belt
    ︎ Sanitary Landfilling
    ︎ Soil Structure
    ︎ Biogas Technology

︎ Pollution
    ︎ Dry Stacked Tailings
    ︎ Water Pollution
    ︎ Soil Pollution
    ︎ Uranium Sandstorms
    ︎ Poaching

︎ Remediation
    ︎ European Green Belt
    ︎ Conservation Agriculture
    ︎ Airfield Urbanism
    ︎ Solar Park
    ︎ Gold Reef City
    ︎ Mine Pit Lake
    ︎ Loess Plateau
    ︎ Erosion Control




Water Pollution

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The Fleurhof Dam in Johannesburg bears witness to several intersections of faith, public health, and water pollution. The pollution by mining waste of bodies of water used during the ritual of baptism have led to increased health consequences for South African worshippers.
        The waters contained by the Fleurhof Dam in Soweto contain heavy metals. The water spilled from the tailing dams enters river streams and eventually pollutes a nearby lake.1 The negative effects on the worshippers' health are potentially significant, since the water is acidic and contains uranium: the likelihood of skin problems such as eczema, and other diseases like cancer, are increased. In addition, the polluted streams flow into the Vaal River, which is one of the most important industrial and agricultural rivers in South Africa. For this reason, the level of toxicity of water represents a threat to food and water security.
        Furthermore, communities in South Africa practice their religious rituals for hundreds of years, and polluted water puts their lives at risk since they are adamant that they maintain their traditions and cultural lifestyle.2 There was a collaboration in South Africa between governmental water authorities and mining companies, which tried to mitigate this negative impact on the landscape, but there was a minimal effect.



Image source: Greco Martino, Fleurhof Dam, Johannesburg,South Africa, 2022.


References
1.   Ben De Klerk, “Baptism and the pollution of Africa's water”. Research Gate, Theological Studies, 2014.
2.   Kim Harrisberg, “Baptism by toxic water: Mine waste, sewage threaten South Africa's worshippers”. Reuters, 2019.