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(The New York Times)   Everybody knows New York is full of schist, but who knew it would take nearly 60 years to dig through it all?   (nytimes.com) divider line 29
    More: Interesting, Manhattan, West Side of Manhattan, Michael Bloomberg  
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2013-10-16 09:11:05 PM
Gneiss one subby.
 
2013-10-16 09:25:01 PM
Hopefully when the tunnel's completed New Yorkers won't take it for granite.
 
2013-10-16 09:29:32 PM
graphics8.nytimes.com
Something something, bore your tunnel, something
 
2013-10-16 09:34:54 PM
blogs.houstonpress.com

Good job, sandhogs!
 
2013-10-17 04:11:50 AM
www.cartoonscrapbook.com
 
2013-10-17 04:13:52 AM
But to take advantage of this, you have to be in New York.

No thanks.
 
2013-10-17 04:38:35 AM
is it big enough to drive 40 dumptrucks filled with gold thru ?
 
2013-10-17 05:14:19 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-17 05:14:40 AM
*mews for possible garnets*

[depending on the type of schist]
 
2013-10-17 05:27:42 AM
My name is mica, I contain nickel...
 
2013-10-17 05:43:52 AM
Guys in gaza looks to work a lot faster
 
2013-10-17 05:47:21 AM
My father told me about this. They have been talking about it since he was a kid in the 50's. Just read a book about the fate of water in the 21st century. There was a chapter about that if this project was not completed in the next several years that New Yorks water tunnels would be in danger of breaking. The entire piping and tunnel system in NYC needs to be updated.
Glad they finally finished the third tunnel though.
 
2013-10-17 06:14:07 AM
Read an article about one of the earlier tunnels they were digging; they had a caisson failure, and the pressure shift forced one poor SOB into a crack fifty feet underground, then spit him out in a geyser about thirty feet up above the street.

Landed, broke a leg, and survived with only a couple of ruptured eardrums.

Ta da, I guess...
 
2013-10-17 06:34:46 AM
Knows a thing or two about drilling in holes and laying pipe

www.johnholmes.com
 
2013-10-17 06:52:12 AM
It's taken them 60 years? Must be teamsters.
 
2013-10-17 07:00:42 AM
"it was a land defiled, diseased beyond all healing, unless the Great Sea should come in and wash it with oblivion."
 
2013-10-17 07:41:25 AM
This is part of the reason why I don't like New York. The other reason is because there are too many dikes.
 
2013-10-17 07:47:26 AM

Kittypie070: *mews for possible garnets*

[depending on the type of schist]


I've got a bunch of garnet.

If you like that sort of thing, head up to the Barton Garnet Mine in the Adirondack Mountains.  Plenty of beautiful blood-red garnets that you can pan for yourself, some of which are actually gemstone quality (if you get lucky enough).  And it's actually a fun, wholesome activity.
 
2013-10-17 07:55:24 AM

hoodiowithtudio: This is part of the reason why I don't like New York. The other reason is because there are too many dikes.


That suggestion rocks.
 
2013-10-17 08:17:40 AM

dittybopper: Kittypie070: *mews for possible garnets*

[depending on the type of schist]

I've got a bunch of garnet.

If you like that sort of thing, head up to the Barton Garnet Mine in the Adirondack Mountains.  Plenty of beautiful blood-red garnets that you can pan for yourself, some of which are actually gemstone quality (if you get lucky enough).  And it's actually a fun, wholesome activity.


Very cool! I just sent that link off to the wife. :-) We visited an amethyst mine near Thunder Bay this summer, got some great specimens (and got to visit the Terry Fox Memorial).
 
2013-10-17 08:19:56 AM
Just in time for frackish water to start flowing into the city.
 
2013-10-17 08:30:42 AM
This is relevant to my interests.

Seems to me New York geology is pretty variable.  They say there's a big hump of bedrock in midtown where all the skyscrapers are - makes deep foundations easier.

\worked on this one, but never made it underground.
 
2013-10-17 09:19:45 AM

Honest Geologist: This is relevant to my interests.

Seems to me New York geology is pretty variable.  They say there's a big hump of bedrock in midtown where all the skyscrapers are - makes deep foundations easier.

\worked on this one, but never made it underground.


The bedrock is actually pretty close to the surface in most of Manhattan, except for the Greenwich Village area where it dives down a couple hundred feet. If you look at the Manhattan skyline, you can see the dip in building height between midtown and the financial district that is linked to depth to bedrock.

KittyPie, I will echo the recommendation for Barton Garnet Mine at Gore Mountain. Lots of garnets easy to find, and the area in general is very pretty. If you don't have time to travel up there, though, and you want to see how long it takes before the cops come to chase you away :-) you can look for small garnets in the schist eroded down the hill along the northbound side of NYS Thruway in Yonkers, just north of the Ardsley tolls.
 
2013-10-17 09:46:38 AM
Chester A. Arthur.

That is all.
 
2013-10-17 10:46:32 AM
Meh. I can get that done in a couple of seasons on Dwarf Fortress. Probably with less injuries too.

/Strike the earth!
 
2013-10-17 11:18:29 AM
Will they be opening up Flood Control Dam #3 as well?
 
2013-10-17 12:05:08 PM

Kanemano: is it big enough to drive 40 dumptrucks filled with gold thru ?


No matter, those f*ckin' clowns got written up...
 
2013-10-17 06:33:08 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-17 10:14:08 PM

dittybopper: Kittypie070: *mews for possible garnets*

[depending on the type of schist]


I've got a bunch of garnet.

If you like that sort of thing, head up to the Barton Garnet Mine in the Adirondack Mountains.  Plenty of beautiful blood-red garnets that you can pan for yourself, some of which are actually gemstone quality (if you get lucky enough).  And it's actually a fun, wholesome activity.


Oh far out. I love garnets and I wanna huff the snot outta that.

Thanks ditty!!
 
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