Theory: Limestone, Quartz, and/or Magnetite deposits can
supposedly hold information, such as an event in history, and when the
information is released a residual haunting may occur.
A Residual haunting is when an event in the past gets
imprinted at a certain location and is released in the present world. An
example of this is Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania. There have been
reports of tourists walking through the park and seeing a reenactment of solders
having a battle. When the tourists return to the park office, they find out
that there was no reenactment scheduled for that day. In theory what has
happened is that the battle that took place at Gettysburg is imprinted at this
location. Some say that because of the high energy during the battle that is
what got imprinted at this location. Some also say that because of the amount
of solders that had lost their lives during this battle that there spirits are
not at rest, and that is why this place has paranormal activity. In a residual
haunting there is no intelligence behind the haunt. There cannot be any
interaction between you and the event that is taken place. If you are able to
interact with the event and the soldiers or people that are part of the event
than it is an intelligent haunting. A residual haunting is like a tape recorder
playing the information over and over again. A residual haunting usually
happens at the same time every time. It may take place once a year, once a
month, once a week, or on rare occasions, you may only see it one time only.
Testing the theory that Limestone, Quartz, and/or Magnetite
can generate a residual haunting is almost impossible to do in a lab. One way
to test the theory is find out were residual hauntings are taking place and log
them down. Then you have to see if the United States Geological Survey (USGS)
has ever done a field survey on that location. If they did a survey then you
can see what rocks/minerals are present at that location. If you look at the
facts about each rock/mineral, then you can base any possibilities that a
residual haunting can even occur. The first thing that should be looked at is
how the rocks are formed. In the rock cycle you can see how each rock type;
igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks are formed. Here is an example of
the rock cycle.
As you can see to form igneous rocks you need melting,
which turns to magma and then solidification. To form sedimentary rocks you
need weathering and erosion to take place then lithification. To form
metamorphic rocks you need metamorphism to occur which is extreme heat and
The big question is: How is the information stored in these
rocks? What has to happen? I believe that for any kind of information whether
it being physical properties or any type of energy present to be stored in these
rocks that it would have to take place when these rocks are forming.
Putting the rocks/minerals to the test. Is it even
possible that Limestone, Quartz, and/or Magnetite able to hold any kind of
information? Also by checking to see what makes up these rocks/minerals should
be able to give you an idea if this theory is even possible.
Limestone: Limestone is a sedimentary rock that usually forms in lakes, streams, rivers,
oceans etc. Most Limestone is deposited in warm shallow seas, on carbonate
shelves etc. Limestone is a carbonate rock mainly made up of calcite
precipitated chemically or by organisms, and lime. Since lime can react to
hydrochloric acid, Limestone dissolves and re-crystallizes very easily. In
humid climates, Limestone weathers rapidly, and in arid climates it weathers
slowly. Limestone is made up of many things such as, shells, compacted
crystalline rocks, plant and animal matter, and decaying algae. Limestone is a
great source of fossils. Examples of some Limestone are coquina, and chalk.
From what I can see here, I do not believe that Limestone can generate a
residual haunting because Limestone is mainly made up of organic matter. When
looking at Limestone there is a lot of physical information you may get from it,
but there is no sign that Limestone can hold any type of light energy. The
release mechanism is there, because Limestone reacts to hydrochloric acid, but
do to what Limestone is made up of I don’t think that it is possible.
Magnetite: Magnetite is a mineral that is mainly
found in igneous rocks, but also found in metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
The sand on the beaches of Long Island New York contains magnetite. If you take
the sand and put it on a paper plate and put a magnet underneath it, the
magnetite will move around. Magnetite is highly magnetic. In the paranormal
field there are a few theories that are based around magnetism.
One of the
theories is that when a ghost/spirit manifests it will alter the magnetic field
around that area. Another theory is that if there is a high magnetic field
around, the ghost/spirit can draw in the energy from the magnetic field using
the energy to manifest. The theory that magnetite can generate a residual
haunting isn’t as far fetched as it may seem. There is no way to test to see if
a magnetic field holds any kind of past events in them, but we do know that high
magnetic field have a lot of energy in them. There are many theories related to
high magnetic fields. One of the theories is the Bermuda Triangle theory. In
the Bermuda Triangle there are high magnetic fields that are present. Some of
the stories that are linked to the Bermuda Triangle is that some ships, and
planes that go through the Triangle have disturbances on there electronic
equipment, such as radar, fuel gauges, altimeters, barometers, lights, etc.
Some of the ships and planes that enter into the Bermuda Triangle never come out
of it. Some say that they are lost in time. There was one story that I heard
about a plane that was flying from Bermuda to Florida. The plane was about 20
minutes off of the coast of Florida. The pilot could actually see the coast of
Florida. He had communications with the airport. The airport in Florida picked
his plane up on radar. A few minutes later his electrical equipment started
acting up, and the gauges of his plane started spinning around, and he
disappeared off of the radar screen, and lost communication with the airport.
The pilot didn’t panic and he just kept heading towards the coast of Florida
because it was in his vision. Two hours later he gained communications back
with the airport and he popped back up on the radar screen. The airport stated
that when he popped back up on their radar screen that he was in the same spot
that he was when they lost him off of radar. 20 minutes later the plane landed
with no problems. For 2 hours the plane did not move an inch. The Magnetic
fields that exist in the Bermuda Triangle must fluctuate if these stories are
true because every day planes and ships pass through there with no problems at
The US Navy had supposedly done an experiment using high magnetic fields,
but they deny that this experiment ever took place. The name of the experiment
was called the Philadelphia Experiment, or the Montauk Project. They took a
ship and equipped it with a high magnetic field generator. The name of the ship
was the USS Eldridge. The idea was to make the ship disappear and then reappear
at another location. When the ship disappeared it would also disappear off of
radar as well. Supposedly the Navy had done a few tests with this and for the
most part it worked. They were successful in making the ship disappear and
reappear using high magnetic fields. The experiment took a plunge when they did
a test with a crew on board. They were able to make the ship disappear with no
problems, but when the ship reappeared the crew that was on the ship became part
of the ship. For example some crewmembers were embedded into the floor, some of
them were part of the walls and the railings etc. Many died but there were some
survivors. If this experiment really did take place and the stories of the Bermuda Triangle
are true then I would say that magnetite could possible generate a residual
haunting, based on these other theories.
is one of the most common minerals that are around. Quartz forms a significant
part of most igneous rocks. Some facts about quartz are as follows.
"When crystal quartz is cut at an exact angle to its axis, pressure on it generates a
minute electrical charge. This effect makes quartz of great usefulness in
radio, television, and radar. The supply of natural radio quartz is so limited
that methods for growing quartz crystals in the laboratory have been developed.
Quartz transmits short light waves (ultraviolet) better than glass. When not of
radio quality, crystal quartz is melted to form blanks to make special lenses
and prisms." (Source: Rocks and Minerals 1962, Zim and Shaffer, page 77)
I would say that Quartz has the properties to possible generate a residual haunting.
Quartz is a basic transmitter for radio, television and radar. An interesting
thing about quartz also is that doubly terminated quartz crystals are often
found in Limestone cavities. So it may be possible that people thought that it
was Limestone that was creating a residual haunting when it could have been
quartz that was really causing it to happen.
The following sources were used as reference for this article:
Historical Geology 4th Edition 2004, Reed
Wicander, James S. Monroe
- Physical Geology 8th Edition 2001, Charles C. Plummer, David McGeary, Diane H. Carlson
- Discovery Channel,
- History Channel,
- Rocks and Minerals A guide to minerals, gems, and rocks 1962, Herbert S. Zim, Paul R. Shaffer
If there is any truth behind the
theory that Limestone, Magnetite, and/or Quartz can generate a residual
haunting, I would think that Quartz and Magnetite best fits that profile. Long Island Paranormal Investigators is currently researching this theory. We are in contact with the USGS
to answer any of our questions, and to look at their field surveys on certain
locations that have been said to have residual hauntings, such as the
Hotel in Estes Park Colorado, and Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania.
By Michael Cardinuto
Long Island Paranormal Investigators
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