Nova Scotia Pond Mystery

An odd mystery from the backwoods of Nova Scotia. Hikers have come across a pond that, in one spot, has a "bubbling column of water" that frequently shoots straight up into the air like a fountain.

What's causing this? Nobody knows. Top guesses are: 1) maybe there's a leaking pipe in the pond (although this pond is in the middle of nowhere, so how did the pipe get there?); 2) it's swamp gas; 3) it's the Loch Ness Monster, or her Nova Scotia pond cousin.

The one possibility that's been ruled out is that it's a geyser, because a local geologist has pointed out that geysers require "a special volcanic activity which we haven’t had for about 200 million years in Nova Scotia." Global News has a video of the pond.
     Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 20, 2013
     Category: Natural Wonders

Looks like a flowing artesian well to me.
Posted by rrforkner on 08/20/13 at 09:34 AM
I vote for #2 Swamp gas, AKA Methane, #2 ha ha I just got that! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 08/20/13 at 10:22 AM
Dump in a couple thousand tablets of Gas-X and see if that cures it.
Posted by KDP on 08/20/13 at 10:56 AM
I vote for swamp gas, an artesian well would have a constant flow wouldn't it?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/20/13 at 11:36 AM
It *has* to be global warming! It's responsible for just about everything you haven't seen since last year.
Posted by tadchem on 08/20/13 at 01:47 PM
A simple water sample should explain it.

May be natural gas -- oil and gas work their way to the surface in a lot of places (Rancho La Brea Tar Pits are the most famous). Low pressure and water seeping into the crack explains why it's not constant.

It could mean a small, relatively non-intrusive, well could tap into a pocket and provide cheap energy for a small area for a short while.

Wish I could watch the video, but the site uses an idiot's format. Why couldn't they just put it up on YouTube?
Posted by Phideaux on 08/20/13 at 04:55 PM
I wonder how far this pond is from the sea... if it's within a few miles, could it be connected by some sort of fissure in the rock? If so, tidal effects or rough seas might be to blame.
Posted by David Watson on 08/21/13 at 11:25 AM
Has to be Fish Farts.
Posted by datdemdar on 08/21/13 at 12:07 PM
Genius datdemdar!!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/21/13 at 10:55 PM
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