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Divegirl

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Are you going to do something with this? Seems like an awesome addition to a seaside landscape
It was gone the next day. Either the state took it away (washed up on a state beach) or it went back out w/ the tide as we were coming up on a full moon. I would've needed a massive crane to pick it up. I'm 5' 2" and that log was several feet taller than me and probably a couple feet in diameter. It would become someone's entire yard.
 

Lmk92

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It was gone the next day. Either the state took it away (washed up on a state beach) or it went back out w/ the tide as we were coming up on a full moon. I would've needed a massive crane to pick it up. I'm 5' 2" and that log was several feet taller than me and probably a couple feet in diameter. It would become someone's entire yard.
Okay, maybe a project that would be a bit too ambitious, haha
 

snoWYmonkey

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1000020109.jpgSpent the weekend at 2 different fossil quarries in my home state of Wyoming. Wow, that was pure fun, even it is less budget friendly that surface hunting on my own.
 

AJM

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View attachment 23357Spent the weekend at 2 different fossil quarries in my home state of Wyoming. Wow, that was pure fun, even it is less budget friendly that surface hunting on my own.
Wow I would love to do that someday ! I always mean to go down the river that runs alongside our local ski hills access road as its supposed to be great for finding fossils.
 

snoWYmonkey

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Wow I would love to do that someday ! I always mean to go down the river that runs alongside our local ski hills access road as its supposed to be great for finding fossils.
It is so fun. Kind of like foraging for mushrooms, in terms of feverishly staring at the ground. I hope you get a chance to. I prefer looking for the free ones that end up on the surface but this was also pretty magical.
 
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AJM

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It is so fun. Kind of like foraging for mushrooms, in terms of feverishly staring at the ground. I hope you get a chance to. I prefer looking for the free ones that end up on the surface but this was also pretty magical.
It sounds totally magical! Any fossils I've ever found have just been randomly sitting there which is always exciting. I will definitely bush bash my way through the scrub next Summer and check out the river. Its the same one I posted about a couple of seasons ago that got completely washed out in a flooding event and an earthquake faultline and crush zone got exposed once the water receded so perhaps any fossils will have been revealed ..... oooh I'm a bit excited about it now :yahoo:
 

BlizzardBabe

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That upper bench makes me nervous. It doesn't look stable. I hope they are continually running drones, etc. to ensure stability & safety. My dang job keeps leaking into everything!
 

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Super cute fuzzy (or metallic) bees on the road up to Alta this past weekend! I wish i could pet them. Up at the resort things are still melting off, but midway up there are nice patches of Virgate Scorpionweed (phacelia) in bloom and they are bee and hummingbird magnets.DSC_7452.jpgDSC_7498.jpgDSC_7719.jpgDSC_7762.jpgDSC_7558.jpgDSC_7683.jpg
 
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snoWYmonkey

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That upper bench makes me nervous. It doesn't look stable. I hope they are continually running drones, etc. to ensure stability & safety. My dang job keeps leaking into everything!
No drones. I will send you a PM of the quarry that never jad us sign releases. That one was pretty sketchy. Is site safety management or geology your work? Do tell!
 

BlizzardBabe

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No drones. I will send you a PM of the quarry that never jad us sign releases. That one was pretty sketchy. Is site safety management or geology your work? Do tell!
I work in the commercial explosives industry. Safety and security is our primary mission and we currently are developing a highwall policy for blasters and others working near or under highwalls and benches. Based solely on that one picture, chances are that if the quarry were still active, our folks would refuse to work in that area or shoot near it given the "apparent" instability. I say "apparent" b/c it is not possible to assess the stability with just one photo. I would hope that the owner/operator of the site has done its due diligence and ensured that the site is safe for those working below.

Although a highwall may look as stable as Mount Rushmore, by its very nature and purpose, a highwall can collapse without warning. People and machines can be buried in an instant. Highwall safety, therefore, is one of the most important aspects of overall mine/quarry safety. Continued testing, oversight, and maintenance will help ensure the integrity of highwalls at any one specific project or location. It isn't all that far afield from avalanche prediction, mitigation, and avoidance.

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I'll be observing a shot at a quarry tomorrow morning. If I can, I'll get a pic or two of some stable benching work.
 

snoWYmonkey

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I remember the one in the photo above. We live in a very active landslide zone, as evidenced by the recent catastrophic failure of the ateton pass road many workers use to get to Jackson Hole.

I felt quite safe at the one quarry not so much at the othe. Not to different from anywhere I drive or live or hike in a way when I really think about it. Yikes!

There are very few heavy machinery operators that do the work for the fossil quarries as most make much more working for the local oil and gas outfits down in Kemmerer where the quarries were. Most of them have been in operation for decades which means little, though hopefully they know the layers from experience.
 

BlizzardBabe

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I remember the one in the photo above. We live in a very active landslide zone, as evidenced by the recent catastrophic failure of the ateton pass road many workers use to get to Jackson Hole.
Yea, that one was in 2013 at the Bingham Copper Mine in Utah. They regularly monitor there using sophisticated radar systems, so they knew it was coming. No injuries, but a lot of equipment damage and down time at the mine. It was the largest non-volcanic slide in history.
 

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