Witching: Using the Aquatometer to Find Water

G.L. Jamieson shares information on the patented magnetometer call an Aquatometer, a new scientific way to find water underground.

| November/December 1970

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    The heart of the whole operation is a specially-designed and patented magnetometer called an Aquatometer and there both is and isn't any great mystery about how it works.
    Photo by John Shuttleworth

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You know how the system works, gang: As long as you do it with a forked stick or a grapevine you're gonna get laughed at and looked at funny. But if you can locate water with a manufactured rig that costs $500 and that you strap right on your body . . . everything's OK. Little boys will look at you with shining eyes, fair maidens will swoon and tight-fisted businessmen will swap bills of large denomination for your services.

Ask George (Hop) Jamieson about those bills of large denomination. He's the fellow with the gen-u-wine, guaranteed, scientific water finder . . . and it's grossing him over $1,000 a week. What's more, he'll gladly help you do the same thing. If you're looking for a hearty outdoor job that pays well (because it saves your customers many times your hefty fee), has a built-in earthy prestige and looks to be downright fun, this may bear investigation.

The heart of the whole operation is a specially-designed and patented magnetometer called an Aquatometer and there both is and isn't any great mystery about how it works.

As you probably know, the earth's magnetic field is far from a serene and evenly-distributed force. It eddies and flows, stretches thin in some spots and clenches into knurled clumps in others . . . depending on soil content and distribution, rock formation and composition and other factors.

Navigators (to their dismay) and prospectors (to their delight) long ago discovered that even a primitive compass can be deflected by large, buried bodies of iron and other ore. Prospectors have since capitalized on this fact by developing the magnetometer. This is—in essence—a highly specialized compass designed specifically to detect localized variations in the planet's magnetic field.

Now this is no hit-or-miss proposition. Some magnetometers are so sensitive that one can be mounted in a large, fast aircraft and used to accurately map—in one day—the major metallic ore deposits hidden under a thousand or more square miles of rugged terrain. This is the well-known MAD, or Magnetic Aerial Detection, gear.

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