Looking for water

On Friday the well diggers came and went down 20 feet without finding bedrock. They also didn’t find much surface water, which is surprising as the river is about 400 feet away from where we are drilling.

Looking for water

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4 Responses to Looking for water

  1. ShimFarm says:

    So did they find any water LOL? I was shown how to dowse with coat hangers when I was a little kid. It’s super easy to learn and freaks people out every time.

  2. Bill says:

    There must be a clay layer between you an the river. I would guess you’re in a glacial outwash area. You’ll probably find that your drilling area is in a clay basin. Around here, bedrock is easy to find. It’s usually only a handful of feet down. On the other side of the river(s) carved by glaciers, there the subsoil is all sand and gravel. As they receded, they left behind deep ruts and channels and holes. Shifting and flooding and erosion creates a fine layer of clay on the bottom. It becomes a pond or lake. Over the centuries, it gets packed and eroded and filled up with organic debris. It makes for a fantastic growing location.

  3. Snowbrush says:

    As per Bill’s comment, here at the upper end of the Willamette Valley, we’re at the southern extremity of the Missoula Floods’ deposits (there being hundreds of such floods), but I should think that the Middle Fork of the Willamette near where Lee lives did indeed carry with it glacial deposits, and I have no idea how they might have overlain the Missoula deposits or even washed them away. I live maybe twelve miles from Lee (below where the Middle Fork and Coast Fork come together), and I’ve hit solid, clay-cemented sandstone at a dept of four feet. Here, the fossils are marine, but between him and, they’re terrestrial. It’s a mixed-up area.

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