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KSPG Fall Fieldtrip, November 2-4, 2000

Click to see panorama of Reed Quarry
Panoramic view of the Vulcan Materials Reed Quarry

Field trip guidebook (in pdf format, WARNING 12 Mb!)

Images from the field trip (click on the thumbnail images to get a larger image):


All photos © 2000 by Brandon C. Nuttall. Camera used is a digital Olympus C-3030 zoom.
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Stop 1: Old Hickory Clay Company, Marshall Pit. Pit originally opened in 1989.

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Breakfast at Days Inn, Mayfield
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Hauler at Old Hickory Clay Co., Marshall Pit
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Excavator at Marshall Pit
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Fragments of log recovered from clay
(on bench)
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Failure on back highwall of Marshall Pit
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Clay-filled root structures in lignite
overlying main clay deposit
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Clay-filled root structures in lignite
overlying main clay deposit
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Log, diagonal lines are tool marks of
teeth on bucket of excavator
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Overall view of Marshall Pit
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View of pit wall showing
rapid oxidation of clay
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Field trip group watching excavator
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Loading toilets into a hauler
at the Marshall Pit
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Lignite blocks
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Scour zone in continental deposits
(Lafayette Gravel) at Marshall Pit



Stop 2: Old Hickory Clay Co. storage shed and processing plant.

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Old Hickory Clay Co. storage shed
and processing plant
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Clay segregated into piles based on physical
and chemical properties
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Organic- and illite-rich clay
destined for toilets
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Tertiary leaf fossil
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Tertiary leaf fossil (found by Steve Martin)
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Cast of leaf in picture 122
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Feed hopper for shredder
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Controls for drying ovens, used for
moisture content control
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Drying oven
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Mill with internal "whizzer" for
controlling final powder size
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Loader getting clay for a
particular product mix
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Slurry intended for casting as toilets
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Slurry tanks


Much of the clay from Old Hickory's operations was destined for "sanitary ware."

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Where all the clay was going
toilet and tiles


Stop 3: Powell Pit, sand and gravel.

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Sorted sand and gravel piles at Powell Pit
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Working face at Powel Pit
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Lafayette gravel showing poor sorting


Stop 4: Clastic dikes near Symsonia.

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Clastic dike with large tabular body
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Small vertical clastic dike
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Clastic dike, Roy VanArsdale in picture


Stop 5: Geologic hazards, landslides at Hickman, Kentucky.

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Downtown Hickman, block cleared
for park, shot along inside
of floodwall
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Downtown Hickman, shot along
[virtually abandoned] main street
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Dr. Kiefer telling group the story
of Hickman (from top of floodwall)
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Area of slurry trench, view
from top of floodwall showing
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Corps of Eng. Remediated slide, shotcrete
covering of slope held together
by 80' +/- soil nails


Stop 6: Vulcan Materials, Reed Quarry

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Vulcan Materials, Reed Quarry
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Hauler being loaded on quarry bench
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Zoom in on scene in picture 154
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Quarry panorama picture 1 (left panel)
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Quarry panorama picture 2 (center panel)
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Quarry panorama picture 3 (right panel)
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60' +/- high waterfalls at quarry bench edges
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View of our destination, bottom of quarry
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Zoomed view of falls into quarry
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GPS at bottom of quarry showing
elevation of 36' below sea level
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Camera is faster than the
speeding geologist
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Bioherm (mud mound) in Ft. Payne
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View of quarry floor from Ft. Payne
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Onlapping beds on flank of Ft. Payne
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[Distant] view of Ft. Payne bioherm
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Chart showing section and model
of bioherm
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Stylolites (pressure solution features)
in bryozoan-crinoid grainstone facies
of Ullin
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Hauler (85-90 tons per load)