Thors Well Facts
- The absolutely breathtaking geological feature known as Thors Well forms an incredible sight to behold. However, viewing it can present hazards if care is not taken.
- Rising tides and waves create a spectacular, but deadly dangerous, effect. Water gets drawn in by a massive current, then spouted back out in a powerful fountain effect.
- Fortunately for us and our posterity, both the awesome Thors Well and the cape it sits in now form part of Siuslaw National Forest.
- It has been given many rather colorful common names. These include calling it the drainpipe of the Pacific.
Thors Well Physical Description
The beauty and majesty of Thors Well, also surrounded by a largely forested headland on the coast, represents a natural depression on the shoreline.
The rather beautiful, if admittedly dangerous, depression measures roughly 20 ft (6 m) in depth.
It also presents a roughly circular shape. The forces that led to its surprisingly uniform shape currently remain a mystery to scientists.
The leading theory for the formation of this unique site supposes that wave action first formed a small sea cave, and later the roof collapsed.
Thors Well Location and Hazards
This remarkable feature forms a marvel of geology and a mystery to many. Also, unaware tourists sometimes become endangered unknowingly.
At low tide, the place appears to be a large but unassuming depression along the shore. As the tide rises, this quickly changes. The rising ocean currents create enormous pressures.
The water gets drawn in and spouted back out with great force. In fact, the spume sometimes reaches great heights. The water then pulls back in with incredible force.
Between the slippery conditions and the powerful flow of water, the conditions near Thor’s Well stay extremely hazardous.