All the Rubble in the World

All the Rubble in the World

Certainly modern society needs gravel and gravel byproducts. Building foundations, roadbeds, porches, architectural concrete, and little kids who want to break windows all depend on a steady supply of tiny rocks. Have you ever wondered where all the aggregate originates? Where in the world do we find this stuff?

Read on to find out. Or turn on The View and zone out. It's your call.

All the Rubble in the World

Wise Congress knew that naturally occurring aggregate sources would not satisfy the gaping maw of American Progress.
Wise Congress knew that naturally occurring aggregate sources would not satisfy the gaping maw of American Progress.
A potential rubble pit. Note the utter desolation. Nothing to see here.
A potential rubble pit. Note the utter desolation. Nothing to see here.

Congress Steps in to Help

Years ago, when the deficit was only 7 figures and aids was an appetite suppressant, Congress slowly realized that a reliable supply of gravel was necessary to build the infrastructure of our great land. Citizens grew weary of trudging through muck and mud to retrieve their morning paper; people needed paved driveways. Concerned congresspeople, with the help of wise lobbyists, crafted legislation to ensure that the building trades would never lack for round smooth pebbles. The world was about to change. Except for the unfortunate folks who made a living building wooden roads, the world was about to change for the better.

Enough gravel? How is this possible?

Anything is possible, given enough diesel fuel and off-road tyres. A veritable deluge of mechanized machinery descended upon pancake-flat plains set aside by Congress for gravel harvesting. Would the rubble really be there? No one knew for sure. Obviously a few scattered pebbles peppered the surface of the potentially gravel-rich region, but scientists had been mislead by random rocks in the past. Highly skilled geo-rockologists studied samples. Concrete engineers devised sophisticated evaluation procedures for samples delivered by intrepid federal hikers. Despite all their efforts, no one could say for sure where the much sought-after pebbles might be hidden. They could only dig optimistically.

How would the needs of our great country be met?

Motherloads of Rubble were Disvovered
Motherloads of Rubble were Disvovered

How would the gravel reach the masses?

Having found the gravel mines, Congress knew that the job was only partially funded. Immense infrastructures of big trucks needed to be legislated. Having done the heavy lifting, the sons of privilege in Washington sat back to watch their plan trundle toward fruition. American ingenuity brought highly prized gravel to rock-starved America. Countless thousands of dump trucks, shovels, hardhats, slingers, gadgets, and whatzits were deployed. Men and women toiled from 9 to 4:30 (this was a union shop) in the afternoon sun to satisfy the seemingly endless national lust for igneous artifacts.

All the Rubble in the World

Caring and thoughtful dump trucks line up to retrieve United States gravel for the people.
Caring and thoughtful dump trucks line up to retrieve United States gravel for the people.
A majestically high-centered dump truck rests majestically atop the majestic gravel beds.
A majestically high-centered dump truck rests majestically atop the majestic gravel beds.

Scenes of unspeakable beauty were revealed

It may be only a gravel pit, but the image of it burns into our collective consciousness.
It may be only a gravel pit, but the image of it burns into our collective consciousness.

Conclusion

As you stride majestically through the Wal Mart parking lot, think good thoughts about the toil represented by the hidden gravel bed beneath your feet. Mumble a silent prayer of thanks for the hard-working folks who give up cable TV to work hard in the United States gravel mines so you can have a concrete patio upon which to install your barbecue pit. Doff your skimmer to the glorious history of aggregate discovery and extraction.

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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

You are too funny. Tell me, what meds are you on? And can I have the name of the prescriber? - Lynda


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

nicomp - an ode to gravel? A paen to pebbles?

Your creative flow is ever-amazing. Ever-readable. And ever-humorous.

Don't change.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Lynda: I'm high on life.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@drbj: You are so nice!


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greatAmerican 6 years ago

Not only do we extract rock from the ground, I recall from my days in the mid-west around the Chicago area, many great

rock quarry's were turned into small lakes and great fishing holes. Sometime man can improve on the work of Mother Nature. Now I live in the Southwest where rocks are everywhere, and a few million acres of rocks and land are set aside for about 250 desert tortoise. Some would say even that is not enough..


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@greatAmerican: Indeed we have a symbiotic relationship with Mother Gravel.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

You have an amazing appreciation for the obscure. Fantastic!


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@breakfastpop: My Mom always told me I had rocks in my head. It's finally paying off.


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

pebbles pebbles and more pebbles!

I think I'm stoned!


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DanPowers 6 years ago from Tokyo

Imaginative hub. I like this a lot.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Great photos! They tell a good story, as you did.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

nicomp

Interesting, I would propose new building blocks, using trash which could be used on roadways and walkways and driveways.

There is inexhaustible supply of these basic materials. Roadways would be unique as the trash of the area. No two sections of roads would be the same.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@OpinionDuck: Submit that idea in the form of a hub and I will consider it.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

nicomp

"The many uses of trash as a building material".

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