From ancient times, people have built water features at home and in public places, to purify the air around. It’s more than the sound of rushing water or the beauty of it bouncing off the rocks. Natural waters contain metal ions. There are lots of anions in the air found in forests, around waterfalls, in grasslands, water fountains/features and at the beach. Moving air and water. These natural settings include waterfalls, the beach, when it’s raining and thunderstorms. As a result, the air can be packed with negative ions during thunderstorms. Radiation. It’s actually influencing your health in a measurably positive way. Think mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. These negative charges are balanced by trapping alkali metal and alkaline earth metal ions. Everyone loves being near cascading water, but not everyone knows why. Unlike positive ions, negative ions carry an extra electron. They make ideal natural air ionizers and humidifiers. There are stones in the mountains that generate many anions. For example, in a thunderstorm, the natural ratio of positive and negative ions changes easily. Where Are Negative Ions Found? While positive ions are also known as the harmful free radicals that are emitted from things such as microwaves and toxic chemicals, many people believe negative ions actually have a healing effect on the body 1.Unlike positive ions which lack an electron, negative ions are ion molecules of oxygen in the air with an extra electron 1. Positive ions are also popularly known as free radicals that discharge toxic chemicals and microwaves to the body. Fast-moving water is found throughout Switzerland as it tumbles down steep alpine ravines where it swirls special oxygen atoms into the air for your benefit. Both positive and negative ions can be trapped in these cavities and channels as shown below. * I found these urban water fountains made as kinetic water sculptures, in Friedrichshafen, Germany: Water fountains generate negative ions, purifying the air we breathe. Typically, negative ions are formed through natural means such as rain, wind, or sunlight causing an atom to break apart. What do Negative Ions do? Negative Ions are created by the effects of the earth’s basic elements, air, sunlight and water. Negative Ions and Where They are Found. Ultraviolet rays. Water is a natural negative ion generator. These negative ions are most populous in natural settings where energy is being created by moving water. The vital energy in plants. On the other hand, negative ions are said to have healing effects that are beneficial to the mind, body, and soul. Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. When people come into contact with these sorts of environments, they feel refreshed. As you could image, forests, beaches, waterfalls, rivers, and just about any area out in nature will contain high concentrations of negative ions in the air. For each oxygen that is not shared in the AlO 4 and SiO 4 tetrahedral groups, a negative charge is left on the group. Similarly, the air molecules in nature can become negatively charged due to… Sunlight.