Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Alphabe-Thursday: Letter Q for quarry.



Three Kings, the King lives, long lives the King.

This king, Big King, is the sole surviving volcanic peak from what was Three Kings. Now it is a playing field and is quite a nice climb up to the water tank. The other kings had become a quarry.












These giant machines demolished what was once Three Kings,

Now it is only Big King, the sole king left. The three peaked volvano was drastically quarried over the years for the red scoria it contains, and only one of the three large peaks (Big King) remains today, largely because of the water tank that was built on its summit at the beginning of the 20th century.

Big King is the property of the Auckland City Council and being a public reserve will not be quarried.


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11 comments:

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Quite an interesting quarry post!

w said...

big king may not be a quarry… but it's still a gem.

Naperville Now said...

a drastic change from the pictures in Wikipedia. that's progress, I guess.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

What a wonderful post for 'Q' ~ lovely photos and history ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Annesphamily said...

A very clever quarry post! Quite cool! Thanks for sharing!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

My son would have loved to see the machines work, but not the work they had done.

Judie said...

First, I had to look up scoria because I didn't know why it was mined. Once I saw it, I remembered all the places I had seen it used for landscaping. I never thought about anyone mining it, though. Good choice for "Q"

anitamombanita said...

This looks like a little boy's dream with all the heavy equipment! :)

Reader Wil said...

Thanks fot sharing this piece of news from New Zealand! Thanks for your visit. Have a lovely weekend, Ann!

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

It's hard to imagine so much soil could be removed that the volcanoes would have to be destroyed. I'm glad the King will be preserved...

Jenny said...

I've always been fascinated with quarries.

Growing up in rural Ohio, there were many abandoned stone and coal quarries through the area. Over the years the bottoms would become filled with water and trees would grow all around.

They were lovely and dangerous!

Thanks for sharing your sunlit quarries with us.

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