Old Meteor Messing Up Town's Hunt for Water Manson, Iowa, trying to dig new well, but its geology is out of whack By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 16, 2014 4:22 PM CDT 6 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – The small town of Manson, Iowa, has tried and failed three times now to dig a new water well, but it's got the best scapegoat ever: a meteor that smashed down 74 million years ago. It seems the meteor's massive impact did such a number on the local geology that things just aren't where they should be, a geologist tells the Fort Dodge Messenger. "It blew out all the natural formations," he says. "Everything's mixed up." For attempt No. 4, the town has hired a company that uses satellite imagery to try to detect aquifers. One upside of the ancient strike: The town has "naturally soft water" as a result, says the mayor. "It's a little harder to get to, but it's worth it."