Monday, December 10, 2007

Well ~~~~~~~~ this SPRUNG to mind ~~~~~

It is a Pump
A water well is an artificial excavation or structure put down by any method such as digging, driving, boring, or drilling for the purposes of withdrawing water from underground aquifers. Pumps played a very important role in the lives of early Americans. Found on almost every farm, ranch and homestead, well water pumps were more then a simple convenience; they were an essential part of life.
The inside of ours looks something like this: Ask our youngest daughter about that! The inside of ours looks something like this:
~~~~~~~~~~~~ History shows that the Greeks and Romans often practiced certain water purification methods, even though they did not know the scientific principles behind their actions. Purification techniques included settling of water, filtering water through sand, and storing water in copper pots. Today, we recognize the scientific basis for each of these purification techniques. From the Greek and Roman periods through the early 1800s, there was relatively little progress made relative to purification techniques, or the design or construction of water work facilities. Much of that period truly was the dark ages.
Subterranean aquifers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Aquifer in hydrology, rock layer that contains water and releases it in appreciable amounts. The rock contains water-filled pore spaces, and, when the spaces are connected, the water is able to flow through the matrix of the rock. An aquifer also may be called a water-bearing stratum, lens, or zone.
Some of the properties and principles that come into play in the movement of water into and through aquifers are: capillary action, cohesion and adhesion of water molecules, water pressure, Pascal's principle, and Bernoulli's principle.
Now off to Garden Club and more Christmas Shopping.


oldmanlincoln said...

It looks like a drilled well or deep well pump. Most long handled iron pumps are deep well pumps. Those with short handles and pitcher-like spouts called, "pitcher pumps" are almost always used for cisterns or soft water in dug by hand wells. Nice photos. Brings back lots of memories.

My grandpa's place in Somers County had a dug well outside the kitchen. It had a roof on it and w wheel with a rope. Like turn the crank handle and pulls up a bucket of water.

Kerri said...

Neat shot of the pumps! Love the snow on them. It has been almost HOT here today - 65 degrees!! Doesn't seem like winter today.

Salty said...

Good well education. It reminds me of the old days when I was the "Hey Culligan Man" (service & sales) guy!

Lucky you, catching a red-bellied woodpecker! I'm still waiting for a shot one!