Blue Lagoon/BioCeramics ?

Josh (in the foreground) at the Blue Lagoon

Josh (in the foreground) at the Blue Lagoon

The siliconized wood

The siliconized wood

The siliconized wood

The siliconized wood

The siliconized wood

The siliconized wood

The siliconized wood

The siliconized wood

The siliconized wood

The siliconized wood

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland.  A unique geothermal spa that utilizes the waste seawater from a nearby geothermal power plant.  Silica, which is brought directly from the Earth’s mantle,  is the most characteristic element in its water,   but its waters also contain a unique microbial community, as some 60% of the organisms here are novel on a species level. On a recent recreational visit, I became fascinated by the way that wood that had been in contact with the waters had become siliconized and thus coated in a hard vitreous layer. Could such a siliconized wood composite form a novel BioCeramic building material? Does the unique microbial community play a role in the diposition of slica?

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