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Before to answer to you on your point, hereunder is a post to Harry Wolf to expose the geological question raising about Malta ruts: About 90% of them run on the most recent limestone layer, the Coralline, whereas they are only a few on older and softer limestone layer, namely Globigerina.
Malta geology and cart ruts distribution correspondence
And after, please see my answer to Jon to clarify my views and state of mind:
Answer to Jon Ellison
To me, even if I am not opposed to the theory of very, very old imprints on soft clay that turn out solid afterwards, I don't think it can apply to the case of Malta, although they must also be old, before catastrophes in the Mediterranean, may be contemporary of Atlantis, not impossible to me. Considering that more wet paleo climate may have helped the wear of tracks, I am thinking here to Robert Soch claims about the water erosion of Gizah Sphinx.
Now, to answer your question:
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Tsurugi question:
That said, your observations of quarry features around rut "hubs" is very interesting. Question: is there anything you noticed that definitely makes the quarry features and the ruts contemporary?
I cannot say definitely, not being a geologist, nor a quarry expert. But being an engineer familiar with technical and production questions, Clapham Junction looked to me a very old (stones wear, ground erosion) and well organised quarry. In the beginning it seems just to be a mess with random "cart ruts". And little by little you begin to understand the overall pattern, but it comes gradually.
On the sides of the ruts areas are clear patches of rock extraction patterns, but they don't lie beside ruts and maybe are younger than ruts. Maybe Punic, Greek, Roman.
But in the end I realized that in several ruts areas we were walking on man-made artificially levelled parallel strips of rocky terrain, all flat (and inclined), all of same limited height and width.
The idea of cutting benches became pregnant. And then I realized that they were all crossed by parallel cart ruts, and the crossing angle was constant. It seem to me that cutting benches were following geological sedimentary layers to optimize rock quality, whereas ruts direction was defined to optimize a constant tracks slope.
No evidence of course. I visited this site more as a tourist than as a specialist, I did not check every square inch of terrain, I missed a lot of zones. In addition, I confess I should have had accurate maps, google earth prints and a compass, or a GPS. Unfortunately, as a good tourist, I only had my camera, and a limited sight at man's height.
Definitely, this site should be mapped to professionaly check if it was a quarry with tracks, yes or no.

Michel Demaria (retired engineer, France)



Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 27-Nov-17 11:16 by Mike D.

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Clapham Junction Malta 1911 Rstevens1701 16-Oct-17 15:26
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 520 Origyptian 16-Oct-17 18:45
this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 391 Racho 16-Oct-17 22:45
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 489 Tsurugi 17-Oct-17 04:55
Not carts. 399 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 07:14
Re: Not carts. 326 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:00
Re: Not carts. 303 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 20:17
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 316 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 07:28
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 313 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 08:29
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 274 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:08
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 295 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 16:56
ships on land 290 molder 17-Oct-17 22:43
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 247 molder 18-Oct-17 12:22
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 303 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 13:00
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 273 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 17:23
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 274 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 18:26
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 281 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 19:01
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 236 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:44
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 220 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 05:36
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 341 molder 08-Nov-17 10:34
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 202 Tsurugi 09-Nov-17 05:55
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 253 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 01:53
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 204 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:47
Black Tracks 294 Barbelo 19-Oct-17 01:59
Re: Black Tracks 302 randompHactor 19-Oct-17 02:16
Re: Black Tracks 355 Barbelo 21-Oct-17 00:20
Re: Black Tracks 204 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:51
Turkey Tracks 303 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 22:51
Re: Turkey Tracks 322 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 23:47
Re: Turkey Tracks 243 Barbelo 18-Oct-17 02:03
Re: Turkey Tracks 284 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 02:07
Re: Turkey Tracks 289 Barbelo 18-Oct-17 03:00
Re: Turkey Tracks 275 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 04:22
Re: Turkey Tracks 352 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 05:58
Re: Turkey Tracks 2 330 Barbelo 18-Oct-17 23:54
Re: Turkey Tracks 2 258 Jon Ellison 19-Oct-17 01:03
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Re: Turkey Tracks 221 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 19:15
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Re: Turkey Tracks 223 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 20:03
Re: Turkey Tracks 229 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 20:12
Re: Turkey Tracks 276 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 20:34
Re: Turkey Tracks 238 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 21:21
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Re: Turkey Tracks 200 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 22:51
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Re: Turkey Tracks 221 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 23:52
Re: Turkey Tracks 307 Tsurugi 08-Nov-17 08:38
Re: Turkey Tracks 273 Jon Ellison 08-Nov-17 09:58
Re: Turkey Tracks 200 Tsurugi 09-Nov-17 02:40
Re: Turkey Tracks 387 Jon Ellison 09-Nov-17 08:08
Re: Turkey Tracks 286 Tsurugi 25-Nov-17 08:10
Re: Turkey Tracks 231 Mike D 26-Nov-17 16:57
Re: Turkey Tracks 191 Jon Ellison 26-Nov-17 18:08
Re: Turkey Tracks 262 Mike D 27-Nov-17 09:47
Re: Turkey Tracks 249 Tsurugi 08-Nov-17 08:16
Re: Turkey Tracks 215 Barbelo 07-Nov-17 21:26
Re: Turkey Tracks 300 Tsurugi 08-Nov-17 08:46
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 216 Anonymous User 07-Nov-17 22:07
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 340 Mike D 25-Nov-17 13:44
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 232 molder 25-Nov-17 20:51
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 218 Mike D 26-Nov-17 12:46
The Diolkos 201 molder 26-Nov-17 21:36
Re: The Diolkos 205 Mike D 27-Nov-17 10:03
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 251 Mike D 26-Nov-17 13:15
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 215 Tsurugi 27-Nov-17 09:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 220 Mike D 27-Nov-17 10:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 244 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-17 11:07
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 232 Mike D 27-Nov-17 16:27
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 216 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-17 18:32
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 203 Mike D 28-Nov-17 10:05
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 200 Jon Ellison 28-Nov-17 11:03
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 236 Mike D 28-Nov-17 11:09
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 195 Jon Ellison 28-Nov-17 13:43
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 209 Mike D 28-Nov-17 14:55
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 172 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 16:05
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 203 Mike D 28-Nov-17 18:22
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 214 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 03:16
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 312 Mike D 29-Nov-17 09:54
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 235 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 15:06
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 161 Mike D 30-Nov-17 11:25
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 179 Jon Ellison 30-Nov-17 12:41
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 180 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 13:56
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 252 Mike D 30-Nov-17 14:11
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 354 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 15:32
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 199 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:49
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 195 Mike D 28-Nov-17 18:28
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 231 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 04:50
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 228 Mike D 28-Nov-17 10:46
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 200 Origyptian 27-Nov-17 15:48
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 333 Mike D 27-Nov-17 16:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 199 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 05:35
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 224 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:50
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 188 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:34
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 234 Mike D 29-Nov-17 18:23
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 194 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 05:15
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 212 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 05:09
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 190 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:44
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 222 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 18:18
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 478 Audrey 28-Nov-17 03:14
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 219 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:39
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 242 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 18:30
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 222 molder 28-Nov-17 21:35
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 248 Mike D 23-Nov-17 21:35
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Re: Chariot Tracks on The Streets of Pompeii 210 molder 30-Nov-17 05:22
Re: Chariot Tracks on The Streets of Pompeii 272 Mike D 30-Nov-17 10:59


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