The Present Practice of Sinking and Boring Wells: With Geological Considerations and Examples of Wells Executed

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E. & F.N. Spon, 1875 - Boring - 217 pages
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Page 2 - Artesian wells, we may mention those numerous rents and faults which abound in some rocks, and the deep ravines and valleys by which many countries are traversed ; for, when these natural lines of drainage exist, there remains a small quantity only of water to escape by artificial issues. We are also liable to be baffled by the great thickness either of porous or impervious strata, or by the dip of the beds, which may carry off the waters from adjoining high lands to some trough in an opposite direction,...
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Page 25 - ... as rain. (2) Select a place where the snow has not drifted, invert the funnel, and turning it round, lift and melt what is enclosed.
Page 115 - Fig. 3, and is single-acting, being used only to lift the boring rod at each stroke, and the rod is lowered again by releasing the steam from the top side of the piston ; the stroke is limited by timber stops both below and above the end of the working beam B. The...
Page 26 - ... by an impervious stratum, and in which, consequently, one boundary at least of the drainage area depends on the figure of the impervious stratum, being, in fact, a ridge-line on the upper surface of that stratum, instead of on the ground, and very often marking the upper edge of the outcrop of that stratum. If the porous stratum is partly covered by a second impervious stratum, the nearest ridge-line on the latter stratum to the point where the porous stratum crops out, will be another boundary...
Page 132 - ... always an elastic cushion of steam of that thickness for the piston to fall upon. The valves are opened and shut by a selfacting motion derived from the action of the piston itself, and as it is of course necessary that motion should be given to it before such a result can ensue, a small jet of steam is allowed to be constantly blowing into the bottom of the cylinder; this causes the piston to move slowly at first, so as to take up the rope, and allow it to receive the weight of the boring- rod...
Page 86 - ... arms, both of wrought iron, with the exception of the teeth of the cutting part, which are of cast steel. The frame has at the bottom a series of holes, slightly conical, into which the teeth are inserted, and tightly wedged up, Fig.

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