Monday, January 08, 2007

Abandoned Mine

Hello Friends and LVDP viewers! We apologize for the great delay in a post! With the days being shortened, leaving town for the holidays, and both Christy and I being working women we have found it hard to take some picts! Our friend Dave also a local Las Vegan, has offered to help get some posts up! Thanks Dave!
This photo is of an abandoned mine shaft near Anniversary Narrows at Lake Mead. They used to mine for Borox and Calcite along with other minerals around this area. Note the how the layers of the earth are almost perpendicular to the ground! That is caused by major faulting in the area. The area around the shaft is mostly clay, but there are igneous intrusions (Where lava flowed up into cracks in the earth) and deposited calcite veins all through the hill. -Dave

6 comments:

Dsole said...

Never is too late to come back!
This is interesting.. I like the perpendicular clay layers! So amazing. Anyway... I'm sure this old mine is now used for another things uh?

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James said...

This looks great. The rock stridations (?) make it look as if the camera were turned on its side....makes me dizzy.

photowannabe said...

Great shot. A bit scary going back in that mine though. Nice shot.

Dave said...

Thanks for your comments! James, just to clarify, striations are "fine, parallel etchings on flat reflective surfaces of minerals" or at least thats what my geology professor says... These are actually sedimentary depository layers- they were created by water dropping clay particles over time, until they finally became rock. Striations are much smaller, often requiring a magnifying glass to see them...

Kara said...

Yea, new pictures! Welcome back LVPD.

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