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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
The following topic is going to be a difficult subject, not because it is difficult to write about but because it is difficult to visualize using image examples from Google Earth, the only real way to show the details of this potential Terrace Mining is by aerial recon using a drone.
There will be the critics who in their own genius will
argue that many of these sites are not what we are suggesting and without
offering anything of supportive value still insisting that they are from
natural causes due to glaciation melt, and I am not going to argue with them,
because I ADMIT it is always possible they are natural formations, but I will
never admit it is due to glaciations as a result of some past ice age which is an utter
Double Terrace in N Fork, appears in the Reinaldo map of 1851 and the Arolla Map of 1877 near the mine of Des Damian
Slide? mine dump? Or both?
There are several mining techniques use ever since the beginning of time many of which I am unfamiliar, what I want to discuss today is what I have come to understand is referred to as strip mining or more specifically, terrace mining.
When we hear about mining in the Uinta Mountains we
always envision the Spanish digging tunnels to what seems at times, no end… but
what of the many other cultures who have visited this land, whether it be King
Hyrum, the people of the Queen of Sheba from India, how about the first Americans
of which the Altai Mongolian have derived not to mention almost every Native
American tribe on this continent, locals call them Jaredites, how about the Chinese, their descendants, the
Of all that I feel I have unraveled of this continent
thought to be true and plausible history and especially in this place we call
Regardless of who was here in the past the scars left
behind tells us that someone other than the Spanish heavily worked the
Just a few suspect locations throughout the Uintas,
Notice the lack of sites on the North
The only way I can think to share the image of these
terraces is by drone footage and let you go see for your self on Google Earth
by rotating your screen in order to get perspective… so… I forget where my
drone is... so here is where you want to look to see a small portion of the
potential ancient Strip Mines/Terrace mines throughout the Uintas… The first
place you want to see, a good example of strip/terrace mining and is easy to
get to, is the Current Creek Red Ledges, although it is in an entirely
different formation as to what you will find in the Uintas proper… it is the
same concept of mining.
On the west side of the lake at the North end at an elevation of about 9000 feet again you will find the scars of Terrace mining with spotty locations further North. Are there tunnels also at these locations? In some cases the maps indicate that at some of the sites, a mine tunnel might be present.
Lets see how your Google Earth skills are. I’m telling
you this that you can experience the perspective that is not possible with 2
dimensional photos. The worst part about this is, it must remain as theory
until proven, and I think I have a handle on that and hope to be able to prove
it in upcoming years.