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Discussion: Mappable pit or depression?

in: Swampfox; Swampfox > 2023-06-15

Jun 17, 2023 11:18 PM # 
Inquiring minds want to know. Did your sighting and report lead to a map update? I know Jon gripes when people edit the terrain of his perfectly good maps.
Jun 18, 2023 1:27 AM # 
I remember a map note at the first Lake George event (Team Trials in 1991) that explained that a meteor had fallen and created a small crater that runners would likely pass near on one of the later legs (offset printed maps in those days, so no easy way to add the pit). And the map note observed that the locals had predictably already filled the crater with junk.
Jun 18, 2023 5:35 AM # 
No map update was required. Based on the size of the hole, it would have taken another 2-3 rounds being disposed of to make a mappable pit.

But going along with J-J's note, we did have someone creating a map edit need at Blue Mountain (aka The Map Formerly Known as Blue Mountain) when they carted away a nice little 1m boulder. And I actually only discovered that the boulder was missing when I went out to streamer it, intending to use it as a control!
Jun 18, 2023 11:45 AM # 
They stole your boulder? That should not be allowed.
Jun 19, 2023 5:21 PM # 
Prospecting and mineral collecting (hand tools only) is generally allowed throughout the West on National Forest and BLM lands, and if someone finds something they think is worthwhile enough to do so, they can file mining claims.

But sands and gravels (aggregate) are another thing, and I would guess that in order to collect up boulders and the like, some kind of permit would be required. In practice though, if someone can pull up to a boulder with a lowboy and a loader, who's to stop them from snagging it?

Around here, "moss rock" is popular for landscaping, and locally the term refers to large pieces of granite rock (typically boulders) with lichen growing on it.

Thinking the other way about disappearing boulders, fewer boulders = fewer details that could be mapped = better legibility = better map. No chance whatsoever of getting to the point around here, or down at Lake George, of having too few details, so who cares, really.
Jun 19, 2023 7:49 PM # 
Maybe somebody wanted a point feature on a plain hillside in Missouri?
Jun 19, 2023 8:36 PM # 
When I was a kid, we'd occasionally visit Uncle Bud, my grandmother's cousin, who lived in Queens (NYC). Long Island is all sand and clay, so Bud would try to persuade my father to load up some of our surplus New England rock in the VW bus on our next visit so he could use it in his garden.

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