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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



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

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Clapham Junction Malta 2148 Rstevens1701 16-Oct-17 15:26
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 617 Origyptian 16-Oct-17 18:45
this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 471 Racho 16-Oct-17 22:45
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 661 Tsurugi 17-Oct-17 04:55
Not carts. 492 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 07:14
Re: Not carts. 430 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:00
Re: Not carts. 400 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 20:17
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 399 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 07:28
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 399 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 08:29
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 350 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:08
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 377 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 16:56
ships on land 383 molder 17-Oct-17 22:43
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 334 molder 18-Oct-17 12:22
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 381 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 13:00
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 356 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 17:23
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 372 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 18:26
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 369 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 19:01
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 313 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:44
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 306 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 05:36
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 426 molder 08-Nov-17 10:34
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 281 Tsurugi 09-Nov-17 05:55
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 327 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 01:53
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 291 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:47
Black Tracks 385 Barbelo 19-Oct-17 01:59
Re: Black Tracks 392 randompHactor 19-Oct-17 02:16
Re: Black Tracks 487 Barbelo 21-Oct-17 00:20
Re: Black Tracks 274 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:51
Turkey Tracks 379 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 22:51
Re: Turkey Tracks 403 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 23:47
Re: Turkey Tracks 332 Barbelo 18-Oct-17 02:03
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Re: Turkey Tracks 431 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 05:58
Re: Turkey Tracks 2 433 Barbelo 18-Oct-17 23:54
Re: Turkey Tracks 2 339 Jon Ellison 19-Oct-17 01:03
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Re: Turkey Tracks 320 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 19:15
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Re: Turkey Tracks 384 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 20:34
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Re: Turkey Tracks 287 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 22:51
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Re: Turkey Tracks 311 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 23:52
Re: Turkey Tracks 390 Tsurugi 08-Nov-17 08:38
Re: Turkey Tracks 358 Jon Ellison 08-Nov-17 09:58
Re: Turkey Tracks 310 Tsurugi 09-Nov-17 02:40
Re: Turkey Tracks 490 Jon Ellison 09-Nov-17 08:08
Re: Turkey Tracks 381 Tsurugi 25-Nov-17 08:10
Re: Turkey Tracks 323 Mike D 26-Nov-17 16:57
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Re: Turkey Tracks 366 Mike D 27-Nov-17 09:47
Re: Turkey Tracks 333 Tsurugi 08-Nov-17 08:16
Re: Turkey Tracks 296 Barbelo 07-Nov-17 21:26
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 301 Anonymous User 07-Nov-17 22:07
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 474 Mike D 25-Nov-17 13:44
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 320 molder 25-Nov-17 20:51
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 323 Mike D 26-Nov-17 12:46
The Diolkos 299 molder 26-Nov-17 21:36
Re: The Diolkos 287 Mike D 27-Nov-17 10:03
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 356 Mike D 26-Nov-17 13:15
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 298 Tsurugi 27-Nov-17 09:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 309 Mike D 27-Nov-17 10:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 325 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-17 11:07
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 367 Mike D 27-Nov-17 16:27
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 302 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-17 18:32
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 298 Mike D 28-Nov-17 10:05
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 291 Jon Ellison 28-Nov-17 11:03
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 304 Jon Ellison 28-Nov-17 13:43
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 246 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 16:05
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 288 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 03:16
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 441 Mike D 29-Nov-17 09:54
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 351 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 15:06
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 253 Mike D 30-Nov-17 11:25
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 279 Jon Ellison 30-Nov-17 12:41
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 248 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 13:56
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 342 Mike D 30-Nov-17 14:11
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 466 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 15:32
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 316 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:49
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 282 Mike D 28-Nov-17 18:28
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 359 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 04:50
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 319 Mike D 28-Nov-17 10:46
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 277 Origyptian 27-Nov-17 15:48
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 305 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 05:35
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 266 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:34
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 266 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 05:15
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 302 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 05:09
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 309 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:44
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 343 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 18:18
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 657 Audrey 28-Nov-17 03:14
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 330 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:39
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 342 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 18:30
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Re: Chariot Tracks on The Streets of Pompeii 332 molder 30-Nov-17 05:22
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