Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mississippi River Case Study: Safe Extraction

[Part 4 of a 4-part series.]

Of all the junk we’ve gathered since starting this project, no category of debris has elicited more surprise and curiosity than "the safes." To date, we’ve discovered eight lock boxes in the river, if you count one vending machine door along with the seven actual safes and one-way deposit chests. The door to the soft-drink machine disappeared before we could come back for it. We have recovered and recycled three of the safes. And five more wait to be retrieved. So how do you remove a 200-pound safe from a riverbank or ravine? Slowly and carefully.

To view the piece in full-screen mode, you can either click on this link, or use the Google Video control button at the bottom right-hand corner of the video screen below. (Length: 5 minutes, 44 seconds.) If you have any questions or comments, just drop me an email.

© 2008 Mike D. Anderson, Crystal, MN.

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