Unappetizing Geothermal Tidbit

5 Apr
Indians at dedication (LOC)

Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr

I’m researching a chapter on geothermal energy and came across this historical note about the history of The Geysers (the largest collection of geothermal power plants in the world, located in northern California):

Long before the region was developed as a power plant, its geothermal hot springs and bubbling mud pools were used by Native Americans as a source of healing. For example, The Wappo Indians “mixed sulphur salt  with the ashes of burnt stalks of cow parsnip and ate this with acorn bread, ‘presumably for medical purposes.’”  I love the ‘presumably’ part. I guess there’s a chance the Wappo just liked how this combination of ingredients tasted … but I doubt it.

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