Term “lineament” comes from the researchers of British landscape (Watkins, 1925). According to Wikipedia, the new era of lineament discussion started with the book of John Mitchell (1969), when ley lines had been linked with Chinese Feng Shui principles.
Today, search for “ley lines” in Amazon.com gives some 1100 hits, showing the importance of this term in esoteric culture.
Historically, geologists had been among the most eager deniers of dowsing, ley lines and related items. Availability of high resolution aerospatial imagery in 1970-ties brought “shock to the system”, when scientists could see lineaments, grids and circular structures in lenghts (diameters) up to 200km or even more.
The geological community found terms of Mr. Watkins useful for description of large structures in landsat images (O’Leary et al 1976).
Further investigations revealed, that lineaments can be geological (fissures), botanic (belts with denser vegetation), magnetic and gravitational. No successful explanation for lineaments and large cyclic structures has been offered.
Despite objections from skeptics, several schools of geologists investigated lineaments and cyclic structures as cues for prospecting (like dowsers used “water veins” for centuries for the same purpose). Today, lineament extraction and statistical analysis is popular method of prospecting (Foster et al, 1980, Scanvic and Deroin, 1997, Mohammed et al 2010, etc.).
Lineaments has been found on surface of other planets (Grosfils, 1994).
We explain geological lineaments as an action of the fine structure of matter irradiated field- faster denudation of rocks due to altered water structure. (Dowsers had reported several times, that soil of “water veins” contain less of soluble salts- obviously by similar mechanism- elution).
We explain botanical lineaments as an action of fine structure of self-rotating liquid mass-generated field (RLF).
We explain “Earth radiation” from large circular structures, visible in landsat imagery as a radiation of RLF trough the lithospheric defect. Famous for such radiation is Pokaini – a holy place in Latvia- where large circles in infrared range have been detected both by Russian and US satellites during cold war.
One mechanism of formation of ores can be crystallisation due to changing properties of solution (action of MIF’s and RLF’s, caused by movement of celestial bodies). Considering the geopathic lines as the fine structure of Earth’s MIF and RLF (like power lines of magnetic field), we can assume, that mentioned changes of properties of solution on geopathic lines can proceed more intensively than on an average place, thus resulting in higher concentration of ore. When soil can contain ores, dowsing gives a good cue for seeking them:
“What though one’s wit make others prickle,
Another cry out: “Sorcery!”-
If still he sometimes feels his sole a-tickle
And his stride is not what it used to be!
You feel the secret operation
Of Nature’s endless ruling might,
And from earth’s undermost foundation
A living trace steals up to light.
When in your limbs you’re feeling twitches,
When something lays uncanny hold,
Be swift to delve, dig up the riches,
There lies the fiddler, lies the gold!”
Understanding of mechanism of connection of lineaments with oil formation (Guo et al, 1997; Mohammaed, 2010) is a challenge for geochemistry.
Foster K. et al. The use of landsat imagery in ground water exploration. JAWRA, 16, 934-937, 1980.
Grosfils E. The global distribution of giant radiating dike swarms on Venus: implications for the global stress state. Geophys Res. Lett. 21, 701-704, 1994.
Guo G. et al Analysis of surface lineaments and fractures for hydrocarbon exploration and production optimisation in the mid-continent region.
SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 5-8 October 1997, San Antonio, Texas.
Mitchell J. The view over Atlantis. Sago Press, 1969.
Mohammed A. et al. Significance of surface lineaments for gas and oil exploration in part of Sabatayn basin- Yemen. J.Geogr.Geol. 2, 119-128, 2010
O’Leary D. et al. Lineament, linear, lineation: some proposed new standards for old terms. GSA Bulletin, 87, 1463-1469, 1976.
Scanvic J.-Y., Deroin J.-P. Aerospatial remote sensing in geology. Taylor&Francis, 1997, p.78
Watkins A. The old straight track. 1925 (reprinted on April 2, 1994 by “Abacus”. ISBN 0-349-13707-2