Water dowsing has been practiced for centuries.

Drawing of a medieval water dowser

Detailed Description

"Water dowsing" refers in general to the practice of using a forked stick, rod, pendulum, or similar device to locate underground water, minerals, or other hidden or lost substances, and has been a subject of discussion and controversy for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. 

Some water exists under the Earth's surface almost everywhere. This explains why many dowsers appear to be successful. To locate groundwater accurately, however, as to depth, quantity, and quality, a number of scientific techniques must be used.


Image Dimensions: 1343 x 497

Location Taken: US


Water dowsing (PDF)
1977 USGS general interest publication, unnumbered series, 1977.