Sunday, September 21, 2008

Elusive Quarry


Let's go west on a county road near PFHQ. This road cuts through cattle ranches, hay fields, and planted pine forests on it's way to the Gulf.


Every once in a great while, I can be standing out in the yard and hear a muffled boomcarumph from somewhere far to the west of PFHQ. I suspected a limerock quarry might be shaking some ancient seafloor loose for excavation, so I thought I'd take a ride in the general direction and see what I could discover.




This is a likely suspect, an active rock quarry. A small quarry like this is probably mining rock for local use. Most of the dirt roads in this county are actually lime rock roads. The rock is ground up and graded over the top to make the sandy road bed more stable.


You can walk one of these roads after a rain and pick up 5 million year old sea biscuit fossils and other goodies depending on the strata that was mined.



This was last weekend so the equipment is resting.
Larger mines exist regionally and they pull huge amounts of limerock out for the production of cement. It's a matter of balance like everything else. We need cement and it's made from limerock so we need limerock quarries. Here in the world's largest concentration of first magnitude springs (1 million gallons per day), we are pretty sensitive to mine location as they have the potential to disrupt our (your) springs if they are too close, too deep, etc.

When a quarry site is finished, they have good wildlife habitat potential. There are some important migratory waterfowl sites and fish management areas in Florida that began as surface mines.

At PFHQ, I can dig down through 4 feet of sand in my northeast corner and hit limerock. I've actually mined some of my own with shovel, pick, wedges, and sledge. Slow going though ... I kept getting distracted by crab, sand dollar, and conch fossils.

Never send a nerd to do a miner's job.

This was a neat find.
There was a sign along the road that said "North Florida Palms". I looked for a website to give them a little plug here, but didn't find one. The photo only shows a small section of a huge hayfield that has been converted to a palm plantation for landscape sales ... probably wholesale to other nurseries.
I did find this website while looking and it lists some cold hardy palms for our region.

The thing that tickled me is the last line on the website:

"There are other cold hardy palms and several marginally hardy ones that can grow in our area. Gardeners who would like to learn more about palms may wish to join the International Palm Society. Their address is, PO Box 7075, Lawrence KS 66044-7075. On the internet they can be visited at http://www.palms.org ."

Kansas?

The International Palm Society is in Kansas??

Which got me to thinking ...

Is the ...

... International Apple Tree Society in Miami?

... International Dog Appreciation Society in Korea?

... International Surfing Association in Arizona?

... International Fiscal Responsibility Society in Washington, DC?

I wonder about these things ... too much ... that's why the living room remodeling job is still unfinished and unlivable.

15 comments:

pablo said...

If there is a dog appreciation society in Korea, I would have to wonder what they mean by "appreciation."

robin andrea said...

How about the International Society of Sun Worshippers in Port Townsend, Wa. I think I was a member!

Dani said...

Kansas? Now that is strange!

I could spend hours out there looking at/for fossils. A great way to reflect on all the times we were above and below the water.

susan said...

Hi, FC. This post is very interesting. I enjoy "behind the scenes" information, so I guess I'm a nerd too. I also love inland Florida's beautiful wide-open spaces.

For a peek at my newly posted Sanibel Island nature pics (Gustav, birds, shells, botanical wonders), just click on my name.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Hurricane Teen said...

"Never send a nerd to do a miner's job."
Very true.
Brilliant post.

Deb said...

There were more than a few lines in this post (concentrated towards the bottom) that made me laugh out loud!

SophieMae said...

Outsourcing to Kansas??? OOOOOOooooo..........k

I'm a distractee, as well. I can only imagine how much I might accomplish if my mind stayed on track.

HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY to Jr!
I lost patience with my browser/ISP/whatever last night.

lesle said...

Just up the coast from you, FC, is an old mining area, phosphate? I think, named Red Level, Florida. A red level had someting to do with the mine.

If you look closely on a map, you'll find that the Crystal River Nuclear Plant is actually in Red Level. Wonder why it wasn't called Red Level Nuclear Plant?

threecollie said...

Ha! Good ones, especially the last one!

Miz S said...

The International Milk Association in China?

SophieMae said...

International Cattlemen's Beef Association in India?

thingfish23 said...

Don't feel bad.

It took us 6 months to paint the outside of the house - and we still have some touch-up work left to do on the porch exterior.

It took "us" (and by "us" I mean the Wife) three weeks to paint the Pulguinha's room and install a chair-rail.

If only life would stop getting in the way of life.

thingfish23 said...

Don't feel bad.

It took us 6 months to paint the outside of the house - and we still have some touch-up work left to do on the porch exterior.

It took "us" (and by "us" I mean the Wife) three weeks to paint the Pulguinha's room and install a chair-rail.

If only life would stop getting in the way of life.

Pensacola Beach Blogger said...

Great pics! I love the Palms

david strange said...

Thanks for the plug on North Florida Palms. Our website (www.northfloridapalms.com)is brand-new and just moving up in the search engines.
There are palm societies all over the world and a number in Florida. One is called North Florida Palm Society (Tallahassee). I belong to the Florida First Coast Palm Society which is a chapter of the International Palm Society. If you would like a palm tree for your yard let us know and we will graciously donate one.