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Glaze Chemistry, Is It Really Biology?

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It is amazing to learn about Silicate formation, found this video really interesting thinking about how all our raw materials are formed and why they have the chemistry they do. Furthermore how this bonding structure can influence working properties.

 

It is funny how close silicon and carbon are and the comparisons I found between the formation of Silicates and my past tuition in organic chemistry at school. It's great to think of the kiln as a small volcano breaking and forming new Alumina/Silicate structures.

 

Can I now view my pots as simple silicate life forms that are hibernating because it is a little cold? :D

 

 

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Joel;

I always think of a stoneware kiln as firing at the temperature the earth was created. 2380 degrees F., or 1100 degrees C.

I know iron melts at 2,000F, so we are hotter than that.

I am not thinking biology, but chemistry.

I have 3 compost bins and a big garden. That is where biology fits for me.

Not a criticism of your idea-just another thought.

Tom.

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Yeah, I've heard theories, that alien life could indeed be silicon based.

 

There have also been science fiction shows/ movies based off this idea. The "Aliens" in the Alien franchise are silicon based, which is how they are able to have acidic blood. And the X-Files had an episode, where they discovered a silicon based organism in some volcanic caverns here on Earth.

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Yes the idea is a little science fiction :D A few leaps from chains of silicon atoms to complex biology.

 

What stumped me from the video was that Quarts is the last thing to crystalize out of the melt yet it has the highest melting temperature. I guess there is a big change when it bonds into quarts.

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