More on "man trap" holes in playas


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Posted by moraine on March 18, 2004 at 23:15:08:

A week ago Marek Cichanski posted a query about a strange round hole he'd seen in Middle Park Playa.
There is a photo of such a hole in a document for sale now at Furnace Museum. The caption says "Circular pit, the winter relict of two playa fissure-tracks." The big winding fissure-tracks, often with vegetation growing in them, seem to be a large scale result of drying and may fill with blown dirt and disappear, leaving the hole. The document is "Environmental and Paleoenvironmental Studies in Panamint Valley", edited by Davis and Raven, Contributions of the Great Basin Foundation No. 2, 1986, p. 23. ($8.00)


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