Carbonatites are unusual igneous rocks that contain carbonate minerals at levels that exceed 20 percent (by volume). Their additional mineral composition may include apatite, barite, fluorite, or magnetite. Their elemental content may include barium, cesium, and rubidium, with lesser amounts of hafnium, titanium, and zirconium. Nearly all known carbonatite deposits are found beneath the Earth's surface, because they react relatively rapidly once exposed to the atmosphere.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- The scientific study of carbonatite provides us with a means of understanding a segment of the Earth's history. This type of work requires superior mental faculties, which are connected to our spiritual dimension and reflect the higher intelligence of our Creator. In addition, the results of these studies provide glimpses of some of the processes by which God invested His heart, intelligence, and energies in creating this world.
- Our efforts to study carbonatite spring from our inner desire to understand the natural world, regardless of whether the knowledge gained helps us for our practical, survival needs. These efforts distinguish the human species from all others on our planet.
- By investigating this and other types of rocks, we work toward establishing harmony with the rest of the created world and stewardship (dominion) of true love over it. In Unification terminology, we work toward fulfilling God's "Third Great Blessing" to humanity.
- Carbonatites also contribute to our practical needs, both in terms of being a significant part of the Earth and in terms of providing valuable quantities of minerals. By serving humans and other creatures, carbonatites provide us with an internal guiding principle: to live for the sake of others. By so doing, we demonstrate God's nature in action, and we can create a world of harmony and peace, which is the desire of all people.