In hydrogeology, just as in any other science, ideas that repudiate the traditional point of view and therefore at first seem, using Einstein’s expression ‘stupid’, are of especial interest: the question is – are they sufficiently paradoxical to be true.
E.V. Pinneker, General Hydrogeology, Cambridge University Press, 1980
Water is one of the most important and least understood substances on our planet.
Many of our basic ideas about water – the details of the hydrological cycle, for example – go back hundreds of years. Once established, these mainstream theories tend to resist change, even in the face of new evidence which has emerged in recent years in fields like astronomy, tectonics and petrology – among others.
In a nutshell, primary, or earth-generated water is produced deep within the lithosphere and travels toward the surface under great pressure through fractures and fissures within the earth’s crust. It constitutes fresh additions to the hydrologic cycle and is found in the greatest abundance in areas of high tectonic and volcanic activity.
We hear that the wars of the 21st century will be fought over water – rather than oil as in the last. Nothing holds more potential to abolish these wars – and ameliorate the shocking condition of nearly one billion people on earth without access to clean, safe water – than the science of primary water.
The purpose of this site is to make the surprisingly limited resources related to primary water accessible to a wider public and to promote more research and discussion of this important and little known branch of hydrology.