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Glossary

Chapter 13: Mining and Oil Extraction

13.6: Sand/Gravel Pits in the Upper Part of the Assiniboine Delta East of Brandon

The area is located three miles (5 km) east of the built-up area of Brandon on the upper part of the Assiniboine Delta. The gravels and sands of the delta are exploited in at least eight locations; in all cases the pits are identified on the basis of their light tone. In the north are two long, narrow pits 1, 2 with spurs 3, 4 from the CN railway line 5 running into them. To the southeast is a smaller pit 6 that has been excavated down to the water table resulting in a small pond. Southeast of that is another pit, squared-shaped and shallow 7. An area to the south has an irregular surface 8, suggesting that excavations in the past have disturbed it. To the east two small pits 9, 10 lie on either side of a north/south gravel road 11. Further east still is a large pit 12 that seems to be the most active one in the area. Steep back walls throw prominent shadows 13, and piles of sand/gravel can be seen on the floor of the pit 14.

Several other items can be seen on the photo. The land surface is very dry because of the permeability of the underlying sediments. This results in sparse patchy natural vegetation in the form of clumps of trees (dark-toned) 15. The land is used to graze cattle, evidenced by the abundance of dugouts 16. The only evidence of crop growth is in the southeast where cut lines are seen 17, possibly of hay. There is little evidence of human occupation; only three groups of buildings can be seen 18, that in the extreme northeast is associated with an industry. Gravel roads run along some section lines 19, and in one place quarter sections can be identified on the basis of land use differences 20. In the southwest is the route of a long-abandoned railway line 21.

Figure 13.6: Sand/Gravel Pits in the Upper Part of the Assiniboine Delta East of Brandon

Figure 13.6: Sand/Gravel Pits in the Upper Part of the Assiniboine Delta East of Brandon

Figure 13.6

Vertical air photograph: A25396-156

Flight height: 9,700 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.034 mm

Scale: 1:17,100 (approx.)

Date: June 9, 1980

Location: Townships 9 and 10; Range 18 WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/13 Brandon