The Physics of Stacked Rocks

Stacked rocks in my front yard.


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/05 at 10:03 AM
  1. Amazing what silicone will stick to.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/05  at  10:50 AM
  2. Funny, Pfeif.

    Posted by John Venlet  on  05/05  at  11:16 AM
  3. They look like cairns.

    Posted by RKN  on  05/05  at  12:35 PM
  4. You’ve got yourself the beginning of a Zen garden.

    Posted by Yabu  on  05/05  at  10:10 PM
  5. Rod, they do look a bit like cairns, though a bit more precariously balanced than the example at the link.

    Posted by John Venlet  on  05/06  at  07:26 AM
  6. Yabu.  While it appears that I do have the beginning of a Zen garden, I mostly have less lawn to mow.

    Posted by John Venlet  on  05/06  at  07:28 AM
  7. See here and especially here.

    Posted by mike  on  05/08  at  08:33 AM
  8. Mike, those are some fine examples of the physics of stacked rocks.  Thanks.

    Posted by John Venlet  on  05/08  at  08:39 AM
  9. Apologies, John! I was just bored while eating!

    That dam (and its nearby cousins) actually withstood a magnitude seven quake just over ten years ago - with the epicentre only about fifty miles away to the north. Whether it would withstand a quake like the one that hit Fukushima last year is another question.

    Posted by mike  on  05/08  at  01:37 PM
  10. Apologies?  I don’t need no stinkin’ apologies for you posting that comment or the pics you linked to.  I thought the pics were dead on subject, Mike.

    Posted by John Venlet  on  05/08  at  01:48 PM
  11. John: I mistook your comment for sarcasm! Doesn’t matter. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I might yet be able to get some old aerial pics (circa 1993) of the excavators at work dressing the downstream face of the dam. It must have been a lot of painstaking work.

    Posted by mike  on  05/09  at  09:48 AM






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