Editor’s preface

Hydrogeology Journal, Nov 2012

David Banks

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Editor’s preface

~"" e- ~ _ A , - : , 0 Dave Banks , Trondheim , Norway 1 Thomas Burnet, "Telluris Theoria Sacra" , 1681 If our eye could penetrate the earth and see its interior from pole to pole, from where we stand to the antipodes, we would glimpse with horror a mass terrifyingly riddled with fissures and caverns. Hydrogeologists working with hard rock aquifers tend to fall into two camps. Firstly, there are the "Moseses" who are often working with practical water-resources problems, and who tend not to be so interested in hydraulic apertures and log-normal distributions, but who need rules-of-thumb to find locations where water will gush out of the rock. Then there are the "Thomas Bumets" of this world, the theoreticians, who have traditionally been involved in studies for nuclear facilities or geothermal energy, and who see only the complexity of fractured rock aquifers. It is not unknown for "Thomases" to spend years studying the properties of single fractures. These latter are easy to identify, as they converse in the international Latin of modem times, mathematics, ana the mere mention of fractal dimensions sends them into ecstasies. - He and Aaron assembled the whole community in front of the rock, and Moses said "Listen, you rebels! Do we have to get water out of this rock for you?". Then Moses raised his stick and struck the rock twice with it, and a great stream of water gushed out and all the people and animals drank. Numbers 20.10-11 (Good News Bible)

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David Banks. Editor’s preface, Hydrogeology Journal, 2012, 3-3, DOI: 10.1007/s10040-994-0005-5