Oak Island Decoding
Oak Island Money Pit or Well
I would feel remiss to overlook the geological aspects of Oak Island. I worked for many years in glacial terrains and can confidently say that I have a complete understanding of the nuances of moraines, ablation zones, drumlins, eskers and outwash plains and their opposite water dug chasms/canyons with boggling mechanics of groundwater flow in these areas from perched water tables, isostatic rebound, and more. The water before and during the regression of the glacier(s) has to go somewhere. Either it flows on top of the glacier, along the interface of ice and soil/bedrock and forms eskers, or it goes underground and digs channels into chasms. With the lack of eskers in the area of Oak Island, water had to or now flows underground in rock-filled chasms. Only when a filled chasm dips below the water table are you physically able to see a pond or lake, and typically are configured in a chain of ponds or lakes. The glacial rock striations and drumlins that reportedly are two small and two large drumlins that make up Oak Island run a northwest to southeast direction and should give a person an idea of the water flow pattern? Three depths-to-water measurements taken from local wells allows a person to triangulate the flow of groundwater under the island. If Oak Island is truly a composite of four drumlins smashed together, would it not make sense that the water takes the path of least resistant and flows between these structures in the direction of their orientation?
At this point, another question arises. Where was the source of drinking water for a hardy crew of workmen without filling casks and hauling them long distances? I don’t think a puny fresh/brinish water spring found on the island today could feed enough water for a robust crew of men, and there appears to be no evidence that another source of water existed. Therefore, I believe, the Money Pit was a well and that the charcoal, coconut fiber, and oak and spruce (platforms) filtered the well water. I surmise that the charcoal was also from coconut shells. Charcoal from coconut shells makes THE very best activated carbon in the world, and this charcoal is used today in laboratories in activated carbon captures and water filtration systems. The coconut meat and liquid and their shells and fiber are a perfect source of high fat food and drinkable liquid over a long voyage, and later, excellent material for water purification and fuel in areas lacking trees.
Here’s how I think the well worked. It’s a simple matter of water displacement of different densities and temperatures. During high tide, brackish water pushes fresh water back and, in this case, up into the well. Actually, I have seen this effect happen in karsts environments. Brackish water surges the freshwater back and at times can form ponds and small lakes that can’t drain until a substantial amount of rain flushes the water underground, which can take years. The temperature of groundwater is approximately equal to the average ambient temperature of the area for a one-year period. I would suggest comparing the temperature of the saline bay water with the fresh groundwater. The cofferdam comes into play here. It was not to hold the water back for workmen but to capture and retain the water after high tide to keep the well head up during low tide and probably an excellent fish capture. This makes more sense to me. It appears the Money Pit was a well, a point of reference, and the location for a cornerstone of instructions from the inscribed Stone.
Another question comes to my mind. If the Money Pit is not a natural sinkhole but a well, and if they have added all kinds of various fillers (i.e. fibers, platform wood, and charcoal) to it, I questioned where the remainder of the soil went. Would not the limestone, gravel, well-worked shore sand, clay, and calcium sulfate (anhydrite) make excellent cement that could be formed from the planks of a ship into a water-resistant concrete structure or vault?
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