This “choked” cone resulted from the accumulation of iron oxide or hydroxide around the rim of a pool. As the rim grew, the pool deepened. The increased pressure of water in the pool became greater than the force of water in the spring causing the spring to seek a new outlet. When this happened, the pot eventually dried up, forming a “choked” cone.The Kootenay Choke Cones appear to be of little or no interest to anybody as I could find no images and little information about them on the net. We, ourselves, marched blithely past them like cityslicker robots without taking a photo. The image above is stolen off the wonderful Google Maps. So I hope I’m not boring everybody to death with this stuff.
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“In the early 1900s, mineral claims were issued, and extensive mining of the iron oxide deposits in the marsh below the springs occurred for use as a pigment in paint manufacture. The Paint Pots site was incorporated into Kootenay National Park when it was formed in 1920 at which point mining activity halted.”
Mining operation was “halted in 1920” – the miners were kicked out of the Park. But it’s a sure bet though that paint companies soon found out how to creating any colour anyway – including Ochre – and thus ended the demand for natural Ochre.
At the Ochre Mine site you’ll see these 2 (almost unreadable) signs.
It shows that the Park folks once cared about this site.
That’s not apparent now.
Yesterday’s garbage is tomorrow’s treasure.
There are now worrying signs of neglect. Apart from the poor condition of the signs we see much abuse of the old mining equipment which is just strewn about the area – open to obvious abuse.
Some already has graffiti on it.
Soon much of this will simply be taken by people – or destroyed.
Who knows what is already missing?
Nor is there any information on how Ochre mining was done? We can see this old equipment, but how was it used? We don’t know.
Found some of this nearby. I’m guessing this would have been the final mining product. Dried Ochre. Golden yes … But it does not glitter. Once somebody’s dream? In the palm of my hand. Next: To the Paint Pots