Sunday, June 30, 2013

Namibia Dune #45



Robert Kelly collected soil from the Sossusvlei Dune #45 on June 13th 2004 on his personal flying vacation.

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Life expectancy at birth : 62  (47 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $5,439

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Slave Island in Senegal



Cheikh Darou Seck collected soil from the slave house on Goree Island on October 18th, 2005.  President Obama visited this site a few days ago before travelling on to South Africa.  Please be sure to check out the earlier blog and link to our journal entry for South Africa and the Robben Island soil collection.  Nelson Mandela was held on this island for 18 years and is currently very ill.

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Life expectancy at birth : 59 ( 39 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $1,132

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Poland Death Camp and Mound for General



Adam Lyduch's friend Kazimierz Kowal gathered soil from Auschwitz and Kosciuszko Mound in June 2004.

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Life expectancy at birth : 77 ( 68 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $13,424

Monday, June 24, 2013

Zambezi river above Victoria Falls


Neil and Nancy Stipanich visited the Zambezi river on May 10th, 2004.  The soil was collected on the river's bank just above Victoria Falls.

click here for collection story

Life expectancy at birth : 49 ( 45 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $1,429

Friday, June 21, 2013

South Africa and Nelson Mandela



Neil Stipanich collected soil from Robben Island on May 2nd, 2004.

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Life expectancy at birth : 53 ( 49 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $8,090

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Portugal


Soil from Portugal was collected by Ivy Last at Torre de Belem, Lisboa on April 4th 2004.  click here for details

Life expectancy at birth : 81 ( 63 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $22,226

Monday, June 17, 2013

India's first collection


Hamid Mansuri collected from his birthplace in Gujarat on March 13th 2004.
click her for complete story  http://commonground191.com/journal/india.htm

Life expectancy at birth : 65 ( 42 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $1,528

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Bahamas

Brian Vitek collected the soil on March 3rd, 2004

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Life expectancy at birth : 75 ( 63 in 1960 )
GDP per capita 2011 : $22,431

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Chile's soil


Lou Webber collected soil from the Pablo Neruda Museum, La Chascona January 31, 2004.  click here for complete story

Life Expectancy at birth : 79 ( 57 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $14,395

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Neil Stipanich completed the last soil collection for 2003 on December 31 in the Tarangire National Park.  click here for complete story

Life expectancy at birth : 58 ( 44 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $526

Monday, June 10, 2013

Soil Test Results

WALLACE LABS ANALYSES DATE: June 29, 2012
365 Coral Circle Location Common Ground 191 Project
El Segundo, CA 90245 Requester Gary Simpson
(310) 615-0116 Method EPA 3051B
Material Maps 6/28/12
12-181To-03 California
average
  elements  
aluminum            11,125.90         73,000
arsenic                     2.44               3.5
barium                   61.28              509
boron                     5.30                19
cadmium                     0.51             0.36
calcium            64,515.45         14,000
chromium                   65.23              122
cobalt                     5.40             14.9
copper                   10.86             28.7
iron            10,312.25         37,000
lead                   27.38             23.9
lithium                   41.13                23
magnesium              4,898.59           9,900
manganese                 238.39              646
mercury  < 0.08              0.26
molybdenum                     2.71               1.3
nickel                   23.62                57
phosphorus              1,671.21              412
potassium              1,385.32         17,300
selenium  < 0.25              0.06
silicon                 202.14       294,000
silver  < 0.05  0.8
sodium              1,000.54         15,800
strontium                 646.83              128
sulfur                 885.53
tin  < 2.50                1.1
titanium                 281.52           4,720
vanadium                 559.89              112
zinc                   62.15              149
chloride              1,292.34
Elements expressed as mg/kilogram (parts per million) on an as received basis.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Manly Beach, Australia


Russell Vogel's collection was taken from Manly Beach in Sydney in December 2003.  He also collected soil from Indonesia for the art project.   click here for details

Life Expectancy at birth :81
GDP per capita 2011 : $67,037

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The World in one place

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Dr. Gary Greenberg (www.sandgrains.com) took this image of the full soil collection mix.  It was taken on an Edge 3-D microscope with a magnification of 125 times the actual size : 1/10 of an inch across.  The orange spec in the center is 1/3 of a human hair.

I will post later a partial list of the elements found through a chemical analysis in a Los Angeles laboratory.

I wonder if we could say that "all of this is seen in one orbit of the International Space Station" since this mix is from all the UN member states. After all, this is a conceptual art project.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Switzerland and Kyle


Kyle Steiner collected the soil for the project on November 3rd, 2003 in Zurich.

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Life expectancy at birth : 83
GDP per capita 2011 : $85,794

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The 196 panels side by side


My friend Tim Talbert cleverly used Photoshop to place  the 196 panel model  in a football field to give reference to scale.  Each panel will be 42" x 42" and will run 700 feet long. The main display, 14 by 14 will measure 50 feet by 50 feet.   (click photo to enlarge)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Indonesia



Russ Vogel was at it again in October 2003 with the soil collection from Monas Monument, Jakarta.
click here for complete story

Life expectancy at birth : 69
GDP per capita 2011 : $3,495


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Thailand 2003


Russell Vogel collected soil from Lumphini Park on October 10th 2003. The second collection from Thailand was to come five years later.    click here for complete story

Life Expectancy at birth :  74
GDP per capita 2011 :$5,318

Monday, June 3, 2013

Democratic Republic of Congo



Soil was collected in October 2003 by Jean-Leon Bonnechere from the Congo River, Kinshasa.
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Life expectancy at birth : 48
GDP per capita 2011 : $237 (yes, $237 per person per year)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Spanish soil


Scott Methvin stopped at the Barcelona Nautical Museum in September 2003 to collect soil.
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Life expectancy at birth : 82
GDP per capita 2011 :  $31,820

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Algeria's soil


Mohammed Benyoucef gathered the soil from the M'Zab Region Coast In September 2003.  
click here for collection story

Life expectancy at birth : 73 (47 in 1960)
GDP per capita 2011 : $5,523