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4. When crops are harvested, silicon gets carted away for consumption and a variety of uses; it does not stay in our cropland forever.
6. Silicon washes to the bottom of the oceans into subduction faults only to eventually be ejected into Earth's atmosphere by a volcano, thus completing the silicon life cycle.
5. In tropical climates with rain-weathered soil, the leaching of available silicon is increased, heightening the need for silicon fertilization.
3. Silicon then cycles into agricultural uses where the newly delivered silicic acid is utilized by plants in roots, stems and foliage.
2. Next the ash attaches itself to a water droplets and rains silicic acid down on the surface of the earth around the globe.
1. Silicon's long life cycle begins when volcanoes eject particles of silicon-rich ash into the Earth’s atmosphere.
The World of Silicon is a Vimeo channel where you can watch a collection power point presentations, and interviews with silicon experts in agriculture from around the world.
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Silicon is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust. So how can there be a shortage of silicon in our soil and plants?
The answer lies in the form of silicon that is required to enter plants known as silicic acid. MontanaGrow amorphous silicon is a good source of silicic acid that is rarely found in nature. Plants are unable to produce silicic acid on their own, and it is often missing from soils.
It is important to understand that silicon has a cycle of life that can take hundreds of millions of years to naturally break down into a non-crystalline, amorphous form for use by plants. The silicon cycle starts with active volcanoes, the secret to life on earth and ends in deposition zones at the bottom of the oceans.
Without the volcanic cycling of silicon life would not be possible.
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