Did people really believe the Earth birthed minerals?
May 16, 2014 10:46 AM Subscribe
After browsing John Comenius' Orbis Sensualium Pictus
fine Mefi post), I came across this curiously worded statement in the The Fruits of the Earth
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Metals, Stones, and Minerals
Grow under the Earth.
Sub terra nascuntur
Metalla, Lapides, Mineralia.
My question: did people really believe that rocks and minerals "grew" (nascor translates as begotten, as in born or generated) in the earth lie a plant grows on it? Or is this a kind of just-so explanation Comenius is using to illustrate a point? If people did believe that the Earth "generated" rocks and minerals, where can I find other medieval or Early Modern texts which might discuss this concept?