Ben Franklin discovers "burning water" in 1764
Studying the hydraulic fracturing issue can be a lot of fun for a geologist, an opportunity to learn, to spread knowledge, to fight for truth and help our nation, and even to smile! I had to smile tonight when I found this quote from ol' Ben Franklin, Founding Father and early American scientist, in the "History of Geophysics":
“When I passed through New Jersey in 1764, I heard it several times mentioned, that, by applying a lighted candle near the surface of some of their rivers, a sudden flame would catch and spread on the water, continuing to burn for near half a minute.” – Benjamin Franklin to Joseph Priestly, 1774.
Hmm... and no gas drilling to blame it on! You can read Ben's entire account of his "flaming water" experience here:
Really, one just has to smile at that. If only Ben had a video camera in 1764!!
Last updated (Sunday, 20 February 2011 02:11)