Known Forms of Earthspeech
'...Or speak to the Earth and it will teach you, or let the fish in the Sea inform you...' - Job, 12:8
There are uncountable earth languages and dialects, among them the songs of whales and frogs, the chirping of crickets and the cries of monkeys. There are the flickers of luminescent insects, jellyfish and deep sea creatures. There are the vocalizations of ravens, the howl of wolves and the calls of penguins.
The more subtle communications are 'telluric currents' (more info here) and movements of magma, as well as tectonic shifts.
An example of telluric currents on Earth. These currents emit extremely low frequencies, and travel over large areas at or near the Earth's surface surface.
There are several types of tectonic plate on Earth. Some move alongside one another, while others collide, causing mountains. Other 'subduct' under a neighboring plate, which often results in volcanic activity. Go to
The Geological Society for more information.
From 'Song of the Sky' by Guy Murchie, a Map of the Winds of the World. There are three significant Wind Belts. The movement of air is one of the many ways our atmosphere can speak to us.
Trees speak to each other through hormonal, chemical, and electrical outputs. Learn more at this site or visit the kid should see this.
Thermohaline circulation around the globe, a langauge of water spoken in temperature and depth. For further reading, and an interactive water current map, visit the NOAA site.
Numerous animals have developed a striking way to communicate with predators. Using the opposite of camouflage, they make themselves more visible and advertise that they are poisonous, 'teaching' their would be attackers not to ingest them. Learn more here.
Ants communicate in a chemical sense with pheromones, and each emitted scent represents a 'word' the colony understands. For much more on ant communication visit Ant Keepers.
Most social bees communicate with 'waggling' or dancing as well as producing sound. The insects primarily use this language to assist their hive in the location of local food sources, quite literally giving their family group directions. Learn more at NOVA online or visit this article at The Guardian. Learn how some bees and flowers communicate here.
The Lower Antelope Canyon in Arizona communicates quite clearly about the shifting environments of the past. Such rocks can provide information about former droughts, tsunamis, floods, wind patterns, volcanic eruptions and the organisms that flourished previously in the region.
Fossils found in layers of earth speak of times when vastly different ecosystems existed on Earth. 'Dickensonia' (above) is thought to be one of the earliest animal forms, suggesting both fern and centipede-like qualities. Read more at Sciencemag.org.