Greenland has an urgent need for business development, and many countries in the tropics desperately need to increase their agricultural production.
Can mud benefit the Greenlandic economy and simultaneously solve global problems?
In a cross disciplinary research project, we wish to test if Greenlandic mud - glacial rock flour - can be used to revitalize depleted and exhausted soils as well as identify any potential negative effects of the exhumation, transportation or general use of the mud.
The project is a collaboration between The Natural History Museum of Denmark, The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, The University of Greenland, The National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and the logistics company Usisaat in Nuuk.
In order to examine the practical use of the mud in the tropics we are working with The Agricultural Research Institute of Soil Sciences at the University of São Paulo.
With Minik Rosing. Climate Change: what the North can do for the tropics.
Glacial rock dust - a game changer in world food supply.
Minik Rosing talks about Greenland's glacier rock flour, which has the potential to improve food security for us all.
Watch Minik Rosing's presentation at the GRF workshop 2021.
How do we feed a growing world population? Can we actively capture CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in the ground? Can the vast Greenlandic ice sheet promote growth of crops in the tropics?
As political focus from global superpowers is increasing in the Arctic, business opportunities in the region are expanding.
Dried-out natural surface of rock-flour deposit - the rock-flour is ultra fine-grained.
Rock-flour is found in enormous glacial melt-water deposits in Greenland, here near Nuuk.
Experimental plots in Ghana - rock-flour is administered to investigate the effect on maize growth.
Maize grows significantly better on plots fertilized with rock-flour than on plots without.