Dam Busters

Published 24th of December, 2018

The recent rains are very good for the reservoirs, and they also rejuvenate dried-up riverbeds and streams. So the other day we revisited some old haunts to see what effect the rain had had on them, and perhaps build a dam or two...

The Hills of Marathounta

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First things first, if you are thinking of exploring the countryside at the moment and going off-road, make sure you are in a decent 4x4 and know what you are doing. The tracks are fairly treacherous, and you are guaranteed to get muddy.

New Streams

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We explored this area last summer, and were hunting for crystals. It was all dried up then of course.

Soft rock

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You can see some crystals here. However, before you get too excited, I have to say the area isn't that good for crystals. They are all over the place, but they are in very loose rock. You will see a nice vein, and pick it up, only to have it crumble away in your hands. I guess this also explains why periodic rainfall can make so many micro-gorges.

Enjoy The View

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I wasn't here to find rocks today though. I wanted to take some photos and build some dams with our daughter. I used to love building dams as a child, as I am sure we all did.

Marathounta Ridge

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The gorges that had been formed have fairly steep sides, and as the rocks and soil are very crumbly they are quite tricky to navigate. I climbed to the top of this one before I discovered that it was just a ridge and there was an identical valley on the other side.

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