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Unread 02-15-2012, 04:53 PM   #5296
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Heading down the trail to the next set of mines.

It was a long climb up to this one. While sitting just outside catching my breath, a lizard ran across my hand and I flipped the hell out. I thought it was a snake.

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Unread 02-15-2012, 04:55 PM   #5297
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We were seeing open adits well above us, but there wasn't anywhere to place climbing anchors. I was thinking that would be the end of it since my wife has been very protective of me lately. She surprised me by taking point up the mountain. Check out that drop to the right. Just across that valley, you can see another open adit.
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Unread 02-15-2012, 04:56 PM   #5298
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This is something we never would have seen had we not made the climb. Not sure if this was storage or a cabin, but it's still holding steady. There was nothing inside, but rodent bedding.
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Unread 02-15-2012, 04:59 PM   #5299
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Just as we were getting ready to enter the next mine, it started to snow. That didn't really bother me much. I can handle a little snow. We went in and found this winch. It looked like it was designed to transport people rather than ore.
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Unread 02-15-2012, 05:01 PM   #5300
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When we came across this, we went back out to get our climbing gear. Old ladders are fun, but we wouldn't attempt a long climb without rope. There was much more to the ladder below. This part is more stairs than ladder. When we got out of the mine, it was pouring rain. Again, I'm fine with a little snow, but we were in a mountain valley and just out of that valley is a huge wash. Floods happen so fast out there, so we talked ourselves out of staying and headed out of the mountains. It's definitely somewhere we'll visit next week.
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Here is a scene we came across along I-15. You can see the sheet they used to cover the driver. I won't be sharing the rest of that scene. Poor guy won't be going home tonight.
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Last picture. Not sure what this is we found. It's still embedded in the rock. I didn't want to risk damaging it by removing it. It looks like a shark tooth, but I haven't identified it yet.
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Unread 02-15-2012, 06:01 PM   #5303
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Last picture. Not sure what this is we found. It's still embedded in the rock. I didn't want to risk damaging it by removing it. It looks like a shark tooth, but I haven't identified it yet.
You are correct YSB, that is a shark tooth. This whole area was under a shallow sea 25 or so million years ago. So you finding thay tooth is awesome! Congratz on the find!
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You are correct YSB, that is a shark tooth. This whole area was under a shallow sea 25 or so million years ago. So you finding thay tooth is awesome! Congratz on the find!
I knew this area was underwater at some time. It's easy to see the sediment layers in the mountains. Not really sure what types of sharks would be around the same time this area was submerged. I think I was right around 4500 feet up. Back where we lived in Florida, we were about 8 feet above sea level. It's at the lower elevations I would expect to find fossil sharks teeth. They are commonly found around river banks.

What has me scratching my head with this find is it was found at the same elevation as land dinosaurs. At that elevation, I would expect to see simple trilobites and small shelled animals.
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I have two megalodon teeth, but none were found locally.
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I knew this area was underwater at some time. It's easy to see the sediment layers in the mountains. Not really sure what types of sharks would be around the same time this area was submerged. I think I was right around 4500 feet up. Back where we lived in Florida, we were about 8 feet above sea level. I'm guessing the best stuff is still underwater.

What has me scratching my head with this find is it was found at the same elevation as land dinosaurs.
It was put there by Satan to trick us into believing evolution.
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I know a few people that would actually believe that, Polka. Well, not that Satan himself did it, but that there is a scientific conspriracy against God and evolution.
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I know a few people that would actually believe that, Polka. Well, not that Satan himself did it, but that there is a scientific conspriracy against God and evolution.
Those people are usually in very rural areas with little to no funding for education in my experience.
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Last picture. Not sure what this is we found. It's still embedded in the rock. I didn't want to risk damaging it by removing it. It looks like a shark tooth, but I haven't identified it yet.
I have some friend with some rock equipment - he might be willing to help
You get at what is inside....
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