Deep Wells


SINCE the question of the supply of water to deep wells was touched upon in NATURE (vol. vii. p. 177), in connection with the rainfall of 1872, I have been in hopes each week of seeing the subject thoroughly and scientifically discussed. It will be recollected that while we were all sneezing and spluttering, and thoughtlessly complaining of the long-continued wet, Mr. Bailey Denton deprecated the premature interference of the Archbishop of Canterbury with the rain, on the ground that the deep wells were not yet filled. This raised a great deal of discussion; people lost their tempers over the rain; and the country seemed to be divided into three bitterly hostile parties—the supporters, the opponents, and the suppliants of Providence. But still the geologists held aloof, and no one even answered the question, “What is a deep well?” but continued to talk as if wells were divided into two classes, deep and shallow, by a hard and fast line.

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HOPE, W. Deep Wells. Nature 7, 283 (1873).

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