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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
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(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."

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FarmerMichael
May 17, 2014 12:42 AM CDT
Hydrology is fun. I have a soft water well at 35 feet that comes up through an old sea bed. My next door neighbor has a well 310 feet down before he hit some mineralized water. The "witching" would be screwed up around a meteor, as they are normally made up of iron and heavy metals, so they'd confuse readings. Witching is fun, but guessing how far down the water is is a little crazy.
finkster
May 16, 2014 6:27 PM CDT
"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." I like the play on words there, Mayor, with "soft water" and "harder" to get to... But instead of "worth it" ....You should have said "well worth it"......:-)
Ezekiel 25:17
May 16, 2014 6:26 PM CDT
A hydrologist once taught me to find buried pipes by holding out two bent stainless rods and then walking. Once you pass the buried line, the polarization of the soil around the conduit will turn the rods back towards you. You back up to find the exact spot as the rods reverse when you back up. So there were times when I passed over places that could not possibly have any kind of buried pipes or wires. I believe at that time it maybe witching water. All I know is that I saved thousands of dollars not calling USIC.