What exactly are they? Dowsing rods are said to pick up vibrations in the air,in energy waves etc. Like locating water in a desert for example, buried 15 to 20 feet below ground. Native Americans in New Mexico have,alongside maps and geological data,used dowsing rods to explain paranormal energy and such. Are dowsing rods just a joke with no scientific merits to it with a bunch of hoo haw crap thrown in there for good measure?