posted on Apr, 21 2020 @ 02:05 AM
a reply to: TheKestrel04
Iron (and it's ores) has a sacredness all it's own, quite seperate and distinct from all the other metals. Our relationship with it goes back about
300,000 years and from at least 100,000 years ago we were not only mining it but transforming its properties with fire and processing it into a number
of utilitarian products including the pigments that we painted the caves, and ourselves, with. It was only about 4000 years ago that we discovered
that we could extract metal from the ores, and that secret was closely guarded for several lifetimes before the cat was let out of the bag. Before
that, it appears that the 'new' metal was assumed to be 'metal from the sky' or 'star metal' from iron meteorites. This iron was widely associated
with both shaman-hood and later priest-hood and kingship - almost exclusively. It came from heaven afterall. Around the third millennia, iron was
more valueable than gold both because of it's sacredness (body of the sky god) and because of it's rarity. That it's use was initally limited to
'magical' personage only increased that 'specialiness'. Beyond that, I don't think amulets do much more than create a psychological comfort or
protection, but I could be wrong, however it all seems to rely on what we believe
in rather than any demonstrable effect.
Iron ores themselves are pretty well dispersed and abundant. If that alone provided an answer I think we would have been able to quite easily
demonstrate that by now. It could be a factor though but as could any number of things. Open cast mines and large structures in otherwise well
vegetated areas can act as heat sinks which, at night, can create microclimates. Depending upon the temperature and humidity differentials, such
conditions can create heat plumes that micro-organisms, as well as their predators, can utilise to rise high into the atmosphere. They can also
create conditions, particularly in areas sheltered by cliffs and mountains, suitable for rare light phenomenon. Aditionally, there is the possibility
that Telluric currents play a role. The Hudson Valley seems to offer the potential for a number of possible 'natural' explanations. And, I shouldn't
forget, gases escaping from old mines or fissures, which ties into the 'dangerous' things that might not be visible but may stir some deep seated
recognition in our brains that makes such a danger visible so we can be guided away.
Lots of options to play with.