Monday, June 28, 2010


Once pulled out of the building beyond the overhang of the roof, the QVC crane was lifted and moved to the center of the parking lot, where it will be disassembled. It was a graceful pas de deux of machines as the QVC crane, suspended between the two lifting cranes, moved sideways, and eventually came to rest on its upper and lower ends. However, the 28,000 pound weight of the crane was made evident in the large and deep compression in the asphalt made by one of the stabilizer legs of the lifting cranes.

The crane operators and their teams (shown above) deserve a round of applause for pulling off one of the most spectacular and unusual paleontological resource management actions ever undertaken anywhere in the world.

Photos courtesy of Dinosaur National Monument.

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