1. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    Greetings all,

    I am a new entry into the world of chemtrails. Metabunk has been extremely helpful in understanding the many facets of this particular conspiracy theory, from natural cloud formations, to aircraft engines, to the existence of various elements (e.g., aluminum) claimed to be part of the ongoing aerial spraying campaign, etc.

    Rather than get bogged down in a Gish Gallop over every element in the chemtrail universe, I decided to focus on aluminum. It appears in every part of the conspiracy theory from its “dispersal” from aircraft, to its presence on the ground and in water, to its alleged (and false) links with a number of contemporary medical problems.

    I also decided to develop a deeper understanding of this one element because I believe that depth should be an important part of any discussion with a chemtrail believer.

    To that end, I am asking for help, specifically sources on the presence of aluminum in the United States and, if possible, the Mid-Atlantic region where I live. More specifically, I can use information on aluminum in the soil, water, snow, and rainfall.

    Mick West has already provided a few excellent references. For example, the USGS publication, Geochemical and Mineralogical Maps for Soils of the Coterminous United States (2014) is a great source of data and illustrations.



    To that, I have added few good documents from the EPA, ATSDR, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a number of state environmental protection agencies.

    What I am looking for are sources similar to a chart from the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences that appeared in an earlier thread.


    If anyone can offer links, documents, or advice, I would appreciate it.


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  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    That's a bit of a different topic though, I think what MikeG is looking for is evidence of how much Aluminum would reasonably be expected to be found in soil samples (and, by extension, air and water) in various parts of the US.

    Although it's also important to be able to distinguish what type of tests are being referred to. Al+++ (aka Al3+, or ionic aluminum) is sometime mentioned. Since Al3+ is found in incredibly small amounts, it's an easy mistake to compare expected Al3+ amounts with tests for regular aluminum.

    And of course, the aluminum found in the (non Al3+) tests is not a metal, it's an oxide or silicate. So you have to keep that in mind when interpreting results.
  4. Svartbjørn

    Svartbjørn Senior Member

    Just so that I'm clear.. @MikeG is looking for a baseline of aluminum to start with so that a comparison can be made between what SHOULD be there naturally in order to determine whether or not extra aluminium is being added to the environment by chemtrails... does that sound about right?

    If thats the case, would it then also be prudent to also obtain that data from prior to 1990ish since thats when all this spraying and chemtrailing supposedly began? The only reason I ask is because the same types of statements were made back in the 60s and 70s when the lead problem was being looked into. There were the papers and testimonies of guys like Robert Kehoe promoting lead as safe and that the amounts found in the environment were "normal and natural." It took several decades and a LOT of work from guys like Claire Patterson to undo the damage done by Kenhoe, and the lead industry as a whole, so that lead could be banned.

    I bring this up, because the conspiracy seems to be that big corporations and big brother are behind all of this chemtrailing, and saying that the aluminum that's found right now is "normal" parallels the story that Kenhoe was pushing for the lead industry which was accepted by the vast majority of the public (and even the government) to be true. It plays right into the narrative and paranoia shown by chemtrail believers. My question would be, where would be a good place to start looking for baselines on both fronts.. amounts prior to the start of the chemtrail stuff and what's found today so that a good comparison can be made between the two.. would make doing the math a lot easier.
  5. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    This report is from 1984, and quotes earlier data back to 1959: http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1270/pdf/PP1270_508.pdf


    Note the "Range" figure, which appears incorrect. It seems to have been corrected from "700 - <10,000" to "700 - >10,000", but this must still be wrong if the Average is 72,000. Perhaps it should be >100,000?

    Later in the same report: note that this is in percent (1% = 10,000 ppm).


    This would suggest a range of 5,000 to >100,000ppm for the west, and 7,000 to >100,000ppm for the east.
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  6. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    That report also has a map showing the variation across the country, which matches the more modern map:

    It's a little hard to read, but they use differently filled squares to represent different ranges of the histogram in the lower left. So a lot of California is the solid black square (10% or higher), but Florida is all the U shape (2% or less)

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  7. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    That is correct. I am attempting to present a documented explanation for the presence of aluminum in the U.S. in the soil, air and water.
  8. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    I don't subscribe to chemtrail conspiracy theory at all.

    I do think that data from the pre-1990 era is useful as would be contemporary data. The fact that there is likely some consistency between the past and present is important to debunk the aluminum claims made by Wigington, et al.
  9. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    These are both excellent. Thank you.
  10. Whitebeard

    Whitebeard Senior Member

    Just an idea, I'm not an expert, but I know that areas of permanent snow or ice cover build up layer by layer, year on year preserve a snap shot of the atmospheric conditions for that year.. So a core sample of such an ice layer going down from the present day surface through the mid ninety's and beyond should, in theory at least give a range a of samples that could be tested for year on year results. Now this wouldn't give complete coverage across the whole country, but samples from glaciers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah; may be compared with samples from other parts of the world, The Alps and Urals etc in Europe, The High Andes in South America, etc, could, if sampled under controlled conditions, and compared to base line soil samples in the area could either help lay the atmospheric aluminum claims to bed once and for all, or provide the smoking gun chem trailers have been looking for.

    After all if after 1995 there is a huge jump in the aluminum content of the samples then we may have evidence of chemtrailing, but if, as I suspect the Al content remains fairly consistent through and before 1995 and maybe even back before the age of mass air travel, then we know the Al claims are bunk.

    Now I know such a survey would neither be cheap or easy, and great care would have to be taken controlling how the cores were taken, stored and analyzed, but I think it could work.

    Just an idea.
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  11. Svartbjørn

    Svartbjørn Senior Member

    I agree with you completely, and if I came across as suggesting that you did buy into the chem meme then I offer my sincere apologies.. the questions I was asking was more for clarification and for my own understanding of what you were looking for and then expounding on the what if angles.. thats why I mentioned pre-1990s info since that seems to be the magic decade all this started, which is odd because thats when the internet started getting popular. I wonder if they're related some how (dry british style comedic sarcasm there).
  12. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Great minds....
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  13. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    No apology necessary. There are times when I have seen these discussions go off the rails over simple misunderstandings.

    To your point, I agree that a range of sources over time is a good approach, perhaps simply to demonstrate consistency in the findings.

    I am attaching a 2008 US Department of Health and Human Services "Toxicological Profile for Aluminum" that I unearthed recently. It is very useful, however, much of its references are very old. Page 197 cites studies of Aluminum in snow and rainwater which are exactly what I am researching. However, these studies are all in the sixties and early seventies.

    Similarly, a table on aluminum concentration in water offers an interesting comparison of individual US states, but the source is from 1989.

    Al in Drinking Water by State.

    I think that linking together a chain of consistent sourcing on the subject is a good approach. That said, information from all parts of the timeline would be a great help.

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  14. Jay Reynolds

    Jay Reynolds Senior Member

    Just for fun:
    Listen to their tune "Aluminum"

  15. Hama Neggs

    Hama Neggs Senior Member

    What do you do with the chemtrail believers who have already modified the story to claim that the "spraying" has been going on much longer? They started doing that some time ago when all the old contrail pics started being shown. When the various beginning-belief-factions are questioned about the contradictory claims, they just don't answer.
  16. Whitebeard

    Whitebeard Senior Member

    I just point out how the story and time line changes over the years. For example when I first came across the whole chemtrail thing it was late 90's / early 2000's when chemtrails were population control to cull us all, then it was mind control to make everyone compliant, then weather warfare and HAARP and now geo-engineering. When you point out how often the claims and conspiracy changes and how their time line is constantly being changed to match the latest conspiracy whilst the scientific and evidence based debunking has stayed constant, it causes confusion and fluster.
  17. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    well since no one remembers seeing contrails when they were young, obviously they weren't spraying :p
  18. Qualiall

    Qualiall Member

    I may be redundant in posting this as this info might be embedded with other links provided above--but it might be helpful to explain how one would know what is a 'natural baseline' for various metals in the soil. (this article is from the 1960's--the introduction kind of explains it). Maybe there is a better and clearer explanation on how baselines are determined to begin with--but here FWIW


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  19. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    I think tagging aluminum to the claim helps. Chemtrail believers like to cite patents as "proof" of their belief in ongoing spraying. For example:


    However, it is important to point out that aluminum practically never appears in these patents. One cited on the geoengineeringwatch.org website is from 2007, which again breaks their timeline.

    Just a thought.
  20. Hama Neggs

    Hama Neggs Senior Member

    Right, but my point is, they have already broken their OWN timeline (but don't seem to notice). A bunch of them no longer subscribe to the idea that it all started in the mid 90s, so aluminum found in tests before that falls on deaf ears.
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  22. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    Thanks Jay.