Shipping Rocks


Box of Rocks

They are in the process of moving Vermont to Florida in order to prevent the sunshine state from sinking into the sea. Frankly, that seems like a lot of work but at least we’re not shipping ice cubes to Alaska.

Seriously. Pictured above is a train filled with granite chunks that are headed to Florida to become wave breakers along the cost, jetties. The idea is we have extra waste granite in Vermont that has flaws in it making it not good enough for carving into monuments to dead people. This sort of piles up around here as they tear down the mountains. So instead they’ll ship them 1,500 miles to Florida so that as the storms hit the coast line they won’t take away the nice beaches.

Another explanation for transporting Vermont mountains to Florida might be that they’re trying to flatten the tracks. I mean, that seems just as reasonable…

Hopefully they are back hauling. The problem with that theory is it takes specialized train cars to haul the huge pieces of granite, each weighing many tons, they beat up the cars pretty badly with dents when loading, it damage the tracks and uses a lot of fuel. This means those specialized cars then get hauled back to Vermont empty?!?

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4 Responses to Shipping Rocks

  1. Bill Harshaw says:

    Be much simpler to haul beach-dwelling Floridians to Vermont to enjoy the weather.

  2. Cary Howe says:

    Might want to just ship them snorkels. The most comprehensive studies I’m reading say that half of the state will be underwater by the end of the century and one science writer gives 2140 as the date the whole state for the most part is underwater. I did the math based on the current melt rate it’s a 150 years sooner than I got but the melt is increasing every year so I’d say his numbers are close. At this rate you might not have any mountains left and there might be a 50′ wall around Florida. Bet that’ll kill the view. They’ll probably wish they had some nice windmills to look at.

    • I think you may be right.

    • Peter says:

      @Cary, the calculations should plug in the fact also that Florida, like California, is pumping its aquifers dry — but in sunny FL the result is that the saltwater gets in and then erodes the limestone that the greater portion of the panhandle is built on. From what I have read, the fresh water available in the aquifers (supplied mainly via the Everglades) is heavier than the salt water therefore is sort of like a “cap” that displaces or otherwise keeps the salt water out.

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