Experts baffled by water-gurgling tree

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    SAN ANTONIO - Is it an artesian spring, a broken water pipe or an abandoned well? Lucille Pope's red oak tree has gurgled water for about three months, and experts can't seem to get to the root of the problem.

    Pope, 65, has sought answers from the Texas Forest Service, the Edwards Aquifer Authority and nurseries. They have taken pictures and conducted studies, but none have arrived at a firm answer.

    "I got a mystery tree," Pope said in Friday editions of the San Antonio-Express News. "What kind of mystery do I have where water comes out of a tree?"

    Her son, Lloyd, 47, discovered water leaking from the tree in April. He said it was cool, like it came from the tap. The only damp spot around the tree trunk is where the water lands.

    Mark Peterson, a regional community forester from the Texas Forest Service said he believes it could be a spring, but pointed out that would be rare with the drought conditions this summer.

    "If it is a burst pipe their monthly bill would be enormous," Peterson said.

    Lucille Pope has started to wonder if the water has special properties. Her insurance agent dabbed drops of the water on a spider bite and the welt went away, she said.

    "I just want to know if it is a healing tree or blessed water," she said. "That's God's water. Nobody knows but God."
  2. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Maybe the tree is just taking a leak.
  3. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I heard about that. If I had to make an educated guess I wouldfigure either it got into a water line (possibly before the meter) or has a spring/underground stream under it and a rotten/hollow core where its comeing up and running out through. Would be hard to know without checking out the tree with an xray type thing sometimes used on them or cutting it down. Have seen a LOT of trees that looked totaly healthy but were actualy hollow with just small amounts of wood around the outer edges.
  4. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    :lol: [LMAO]
  5. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    Well she'll definitely earn some money. She can charge per head to view the 'Holy' tree. And she can have merchandise. T-shirts, holy water and more. She's gonna sound like a kook here for a while. Suppose she plays up the 'Holy' part of it and then they find it was a hollow tree. Know why there aren't many miracles seen? People would sell them.

    Not even going to go further into it. :rolleyes:
  6. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Bet she can sell it on eBay. Hell, if a grilled cheese sandwich can bring $25K, this tree should easily fetch 100K. At least a leaking tree has some utility. Melbo, wern't you looking to dig a well? Just buy the tree and you have a well and shade!
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