Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Sunday Night's "So What Is It?

After a busy weekend at the conference of the Far West Section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (an album of FB pictures here), Mrs. Geotripper and I headed up and out of Fresno, avoiding at all costs the flat confines of our Great Valley ("great" for a lot of reasons, but scenery is not necessarily among them). Our journey took us along a rather uncrowded mountain byway, and this one caused me to hit the brakes. It has now become our latest mystery photo...
So...tell us all what the heck this thing is, what it might be made of, and how it came to be. The first prize is the usual, a sense of smug satisfaction! Those are a couple of bedrock mortars at the base, providing some sense of scale (they are holes formed as the indigenous people of the region ground up acorns; they are 6-7 inches across). Below is a closeup of the base. The elevation is around 7,000 feet.
Extra credit will be given for the most original and outlandish explanation...
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