Quarry

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  1. deveel

    deveel TPF Noob!

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    That's what I like about TPF, you not only learn about photography but you also get some "education" about foreign places and habits and some behind the scenes insight. So I will contribute to this. In my holyday on Gozo/Malta (in the Mediterranean) I noticed that almost all the buildings there were made of some yellowish linestone. One day I could see why ... The island of Gozo consists to some extend of this limestone and there are huge areas just this material. So the Gozoitans cut off the top of such a deposit, make it plane and the cut vertically in a grid-like fashion in the limestone. The distance between the cuts is the size of a block. Then they make a horizontal cut and get their limestone blocks. Again, making it plane and they get the next level of blocks. The sand and dust which is produced from the cutting is collected and later on used as cement. They directly put the blocks on trucks and drive them to the construction sites (including the sand). The houses which are made of these limestone bricks really look pretty. After a quarry is used up, it is filled with building rubble from torn down houses to fill the holes again.

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    The sad thing I learned is that the workers don't use safety equipment like masks that cover them from the dust ...
     
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    incredibly awesome process; ingenious, yet simple.

    i assume modifications can be made to the block when figuring window/door openings.

    cool, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Wow.. very cool, and interesting.
     
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    Very interesting!!


    Steve :thumbup:
     
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    Very interesting. I was just talking to someone about how thick the walls are in houses on Malta and now I know why. They said when you pass through a door the wall is almost two feet thick unlike here where they are paper thin.

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    Very cool and very interesting! I like it.
     
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    Thanks all ... I just found it very intersting and thought I'd share with you. Yes, Jon, modifications in size are simply made while the cutting process. Also, you can find the same decorative column elements almost everywhere which have the size of a regular block and are just round - I assume they do some kind of turning - the material is very soft. Which, on the other hand is the biggest drawback if one consideres the salty sea air ... not very durable. May be, Airic, this is the reason why the walls are so thick.
     
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    Awesome! :D I really love that top image with the tiny figure - it gives great perspective to the shot.

    Very cool; thanks for sharing the info and the shots!
     
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    That's great. Thanks for posting.
     
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    amazing, and too bad about the workers.. health care is not a priority in many countries around the world unfortunatly. great shots.
     

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