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Devil's Den Then, Later, and Now

Discussion in 'Battle of Gettysburg' started by Gettysburg Greg, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Gettysburg Greg

    Gettysburg Greg Sergeant

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    When a then and now just isn't enough....here is a then, later, and now, three images of the same three rocks in Devil's Den with Little Round Top in the background.
    Alexander Gardner's classic photo on top shows this area of Devil's Den just as the soldiers who fought here saw it just days before. Bottom left is a look at the same spot around 1960 thanks to George W Pyle Jr who took the photo, and finally, on the right as it appeared just a few years ago in my photo.
     
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  3. Bee

    Bee 1st Lieutenant Asst. Regtl. Quartermaster Gettysburg 2017

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    This little iPhone screen does not do our rocks any justice!! Just a teaser:smile:
     
  4. Dusty

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    Thanks, I remember when I was on Little Round Top a few years ago that the guide said then that the park was trying to get the terrain to look like it did during the war, and that it is an ongoing job.
     
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    Thank you for posting...
     
  6. infomanpa

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    ..and you can clearly see the large rock at the very right of the 1863 picture that was removed to lay the road.
     
  7. Dom71

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    You can notice weathering as well. Today they look much smoother. Could be the image i suppose.
     
  8. Greg Taylor

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    Those rocks are likely millions of years old. I doubt they would have weathered much, if at all, in a mere 150 years.
     
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  9. Dom71

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    As I said could be the image as well, but point taken.
     
  10. Warren

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    Acid rain from industrialization, as well as it's other subtle effects, have contributed to the advanced weathering of terrain features like the famous rocks at Gettysburg.
     
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    "Advanced weathering?" I don't think so. Acid rain mostly affects calcium based rocks, such as limestone. The rocks of Devil's Den are made up of similar minerals comparable to granite. These minerals are acid-resistant and weathering occurs at extremely slow rates. Therefore, it is unlikely that there would be any visually weathering effects in only 150 years. If you could quote a reference, that would be helpful.
     
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    If only these rocks could tell us what they saw.......
     
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