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Archaeologists Find 1882 Rifle Leaning Against Nevada Desert Tree

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    I wonder if they found a scalped mummified body near by....or found a set of teeth in some old bear droppings...
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    A great story if true, but it surprises me that the tree has not grown around it in all that time, when compared with so many WWII items you see that are partly encased by wood. Maybe this type of tree does not grow that way or that quickly, but it still surprises me. Bah humbug!!!!

    As an archaeologist, I know the propensity for bigging up any items found to their maximum potential by my peers (& I).
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thanks for the link. very interesting.
    I also liked reading the comments below of what other people have found if true.
    thanks
    Rod

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    Quote by Jerry B View Post
    A great story if true, but it surprises me that the tree has not grown around it in all that time, when compared with so many WWII items you see that are partly encased by wood. Maybe this type of tree does not grow that way or that quickly, but it still surprises me. Bah humbug!!!!

    As an archaeologist, I know the propensity for bigging up any items found to their maximum potential by my peers (& I).
    Nothing grows fast in the Great Basin Desert due to it being America's only 'Cold Desert' where temperatures can drop alarmingly quickly from very hot to very cold, and it can snow there at any period of the year. Most days there are thunderstorms in mid afternoon as well. This is caused by the confluence of hot and cold air coming off the Pacific over the various conjoining mountain systems that often 'funnel' seperate weather fronts to collide.

    These conditions cause many trees and shrubs to grow very, very slowly, so perhaps that may explain why the rifle has not been subsumed into the Acacia tree as one might expect. The Great Basin Desert is in fact home to the Bristlecone Pine, the worlds oldest and one of the slowest growing species of tree.

    But of course, although the gun was made 130 odd years ago, it's likely it hasn't been there that long. Perhaps only 20-30 years, maybe a lot more, maybe a little less, who knows?? Good story though...

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    Nothing grows fast in the Great Basin Desert due to it being America's only 'Cold Desert' where temperatures can drop alarmingly quickly from very hot to very cold, and it can snow there at any period of the year. Most days there are thunderstorms in mid afternoon as well. This is caused by the confluence of hot and cold air coming off the Pacific over the various conjoining mountain systems that often 'funnel' seperate weather fronts to collide.

    These conditions cause many trees and shrubs to grow very, very slowly, so perhaps that may explain why the rifle has not been subsumed into the Acacia tree as one might expect. The Great Basin Desert is in fact home to the Bristlecone Pine, the worlds oldest and one of the slowest growing species of tree.

    But of course, although the gun was made 130 odd years ago, it's likely it hasn't been there that long. Perhaps only 20-30 years, maybe a lot more, maybe a little less, who knows?? Good story though...

    Regards, Ned.
    Ned the weather!.....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    'Ned the Renaissance Man' more like it!

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    You may laugh mortals.....Crow Agency, Rocky mountains in July! And that's the truth.

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    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    great thread and very thought provoking im liking the pie and mash ned

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    Quote by James C View Post
    great thread and very thought provoking im liking the pie and mash ned
    Yes......They never did find the body.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by James C View Post
    great thread and very thought provoking im liking the pie and mash ned
    Very 1970s porn starish!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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