Tuesday, 24 June 2008

What does Gravel Extraction look like?

The topsoil is taken and used to build "bunds",
banks which provide some visual and accoustic
protection and are storage for the soil until it can
be used again. It is proposed in the plans that
these bunds range from 2-3 metres in height on
the Stonehenge site ...














The gravel is extracted ...




























and the huge excavated areas, lined with clay,
gradually filled with water ...
























































The gravel is transported by truck to the start
of the conveyor belt ...














You can get a feeling for what the conveyor belt
sounds like in this short film below ...
video
and transported across the open countryside
via conveyor belt ...






































Water levels are very high in the River Windrush
which flows alongside this site, even in the second
week of June ...












































































There is surface water everywhere ...














It is really quite deep - and this is on the 10th June ...

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