hydrogeomimicry: a visit to san antonio’s confluence park

In the architectural world, there's this thing called mimicry: structures that are inspired by nature. There's biomimicry, such as at Antoni Gaudi's ethereal (started in 1881 and still under construction!) cathedral in Barcelona: Tree-like columns inside Gaudi's Barcelona cathedral (via Wikimedia Commons) There's also geomimicry, such as Jean Nouvel's stunning National Museum of Qatar inspired by … Continue reading hydrogeomimicry: a visit to san antonio’s confluence park

Oldie but Goodie: Underground waters of the Rio Grande Plain and Edwards Plateau (Hill and Vaughan 1898)

"Geology of the Edwards Plateau and Rio Grande Plain Adjacent to Austin and San Antonio, Texas, with Reference to the Occurrence of Underground Waters" by Robert T. Hill and T. Wayland Vaughan published by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1898 (works volume 4, annual report volume 18, part 2, pages 199-321 with plates) captures the … Continue reading Oldie but Goodie: Underground waters of the Rio Grande Plain and Edwards Plateau (Hill and Vaughan 1898)

satan lives in the Edwards Aquifer…

In 1896, an artesian well drilled in San Marcos to supply water for a federal fish hatchery surprised many by producing a menagerie of blind and colorless life, including shrimp, sowbugs. and six-inch long salamanders. Zoologists at the Smithsonian Institute declared the find as “..the most remarkable discovery of subterranean life ever made.” The Dallas … Continue reading satan lives in the Edwards Aquifer…