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More Moodus Sounds

Geologists from New Jersy are preparing to bore a 6-inch hole almost a mile into the Earth's crust on farmland off Sillimanville Road near Moodus (Connecticut).

"Once and for all, they hope to determine the exact cause of the 'Moodus Noises' -- sounds that have been likened to the crack of a ball on candlepins in a distant bowling alley.

"Indians thought the sounds were the grumblings of an evil spirit, and they named the area 'Machimoodus' or place of noises.

"Geologists today say the sounds stem from earthquakes close to the surface. The quakes are so small that most can be measured only with special seismic instruments. But the reasons for the quakes are still the subject of hypothesis."

(Barnes, Patricia G.; "Geologists Will Get to the Bottom of Moodus Noises," New Haven Register, April 30, 1987. Cr. J. Singer)

From Science Frontiers #52, JUL-AUG 1987. � 1987-2000 William R. Corliss