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Mystery surrounds pond in Nova Scotia

For the past few months, a bubbling column of water has been spotted shooting up from a pond along the Musquodoboit trail.

“It was coming up and going down, like a man-made fountain you see in a pond somewhere,” explains John Macleod. “It’s quite amazing.”

The pond is about three kilometres into the trail.
It’s a hike Macleod does almost every day. He says the unusual waterworks are there three to four times a week, the other days, the spot is only bubbling.

“I know some people who see it for the first time, they can’t believe it.”

The first time he saw it, Macleod says he wasn’t sure what to make of it either. Now, he believes a pipe could be behind the phenomenon, but admits he doesn’t know for certain.

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“That looks like a geyser,” says Leah Clarke, who was hiking along the trail with her mother, Florence, on Friday morning.
“Maybe it’s the Loch Ness Monster,” jokes her mother.

Bob Ryan is a geologist with the department of Natural Resources.
Looking at Global News’ video of the phenomenon, he says, a pipe, a spring or even swamp gas “released from the rotting organic material at the bottom of the lake,”could be causing it.

Ryan says he plans to hike to the pond next week to personally look into the situation.
For now, he says he can only rule out one of the theories.

“One of the things I can say is that it’s not a geyser because that requires a special volcanic activity which we haven’t had for about 200 million years in Nova Scotia.”