Klamath Lake, Oregon – One of the most geologically active regions in the world, a guarantee for mineral content.
Indeed there is such a place: Klamath Lake, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, in the South central portion of the State of Oregon. This pristine river valley, home to an incredible number of wild flora and fauna, covers an expanse of approximately 97 square miles at an elevation of 4500 ft. Klamath Lake is a large slow moving river transporting water from Crater Lake. Klamath Lake never stops moving allowing the water the opportunity to constantly replenish itself with life giving oxygen. The source of Klamath Lake water, which flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean via Klamath River, is one of the clearest and purest bodies of water found in North America. The pristine waters of Upper Klamath Lake come from more than 17 natural springs and a watershed of nearly 10,000 square kilometers including Crystal clear mineral springs fed underground from Crater Lake and snow melt from clear snowcapped volcanic mountains via the “Rivers of Light”
Crater Lake, Oregon – Only the perfect natural ecosystem of Klamath Lake offers the unique algal species the habitat that it needs to flourish. This unique algae, called Klamath Blue Green Algae (also known as AFA, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae), is a Cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are among the most ancient life forms, estimated over 3.5 billion years old. Blue Green Algae was the very first organism to achieve photosynthesis. Using solar energy it split the water molecule, produced the first carbohydrate and released oxygen. This was made possible by chlorophyll, the green plant pigment that is present in abundance in Klamath Blue Green Algae. Together with phycocyanine, the blue green pigment, it enabled the Blue Green Algae to absorb the entire spectrum of light and transform it into nutrients.
The freshwater Klamath Blue Green Algae AFA grows naturally in Upper Klamath Lake in late summer and early fall in quantities sufficient to allow commercial harvesting. This situation is unique to only one place in the world that is safe for human consumption – Upper Klamath Lake in Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA. AFA goes dormant in the winter time when Klamath Lake freezes.
Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae or “invisible flower of the water” is also referred to as Klamath Blue Green Algae, wild blue green algae, wild-crafted blue green algae, Klamath Lake blue green algae, ancient algae, sun produced algae, native blue green algae, manna from heaven, ancient sun algae, and many more. The scientific name for Klamath’s Best® Blue Green Algae is Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae, Family – Nostoceacese, Species – Flos-Aquae, Phylum – Cyanophyta, Class – Myxophycede, Order – Nostocales, and the Genus – Aphanizomenon.
The extremely volcanic mineral rich geographic region, the intensive solar energy of the high elevation and the constantly moving, oxygen rich crystal clear waters, make Klamath’s Best® Blue Green Algae (AFA, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae) one of the most nutrient-rich abundant whole green foods known to man. The Upper Klamath Lake variety of Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae is different from other varieties of Aphanizomenon and blue green algae.
Why does the Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae flourish in Klamath Lake? Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae blue green algae, of which there are many species, requires very specific conditions in order to reproduce in significant quantities. The freshwater species Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae grows in abundant quantities (some estimate as many as 200 million pounds per year!) in Klamath Lake for several reasons:
The first reason is the trace mineral content of the clear cold water of Klamath Lake. Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae blue green algae require a rich source of minerals to flourish.
National Geographic (May 1998, Vol. 198 Num.5) called the region around Klamath Lake Cascadia and considered it to be the most active geologic region in the world. The ceaseless movements of the tectonic plates along the West Coast of the United States render the Cascade Mountain region very unstable geologically. The proliferation of volcanoes in this area (no fewer than 17 volcanoes in 400 miles) clearly demonstrates the geologic activity of the Cascades area.
The volcanoes in Cascadia are also considered very young geologically in that they were all formed in the last several hundred thousand years. Mt. St. Helens is in this region and you may recollect that is was very active in 1980. This recent geologic activity has brought a host of minerals to the surface of the earth in a jagged high altitude configuration. Snow, ice formation, rain and time have broken these recent formations down into trace minerals that are then transported by creeks and rivers to lakes and reservoirs. Klamath Lake is one of these trace mineral recipient reservoirs.
The second reason why AFA is so plentiful in Upper Klamath Lake is the abundant source of ever-moving, pure, high pH water. Snow and rain falling on the mountains surrounding Klamath Lake not only bring minerals to the lake but they bring a clear pure source of water which drains through Klamath Falls down the Klamath River all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Nowhere does it stall.
There are several unique geographic factors affecting the natural production of AFA. In other words there is no other place in the world that has all the factors below except Klamath Valley. And thus far, AFA, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae has resisted all attempts at cultivation.
Latitude – Klamath Lake is far enough north that it experiences long summer days and short winter days. The angle of the sun is very low in the sky in the winter. As such, the sun’s rays cannot penetrate into the water to provide energy for photosynthesis. AFA Klamath Blue Green Algae is able to remain dormant in the winter.
Fresh Water – Crater Lake is the purest source of water in North America. Situated at 7500 ft. and approximately 30 miles North of the lake, this water is the primary source of water for Klamath Lake.
Specifically, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae contains more than 20 antioxidants, 68 minerals and 70 trace elements, all amino acids (essential and non-essential) and important enzymes.
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