posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 12:54 PM
OSR - In a small limestone quarry in Lee County, Alabama, there is a new digger that may change the face of mining stone, and the paving of roads
John Johnson is the foreman of the dig and with the help of the improved extraction method; his small company has seen some pretty respectable profits
of late. “No one had any idea that this kind of thing was coming along. In fact, we had been providing the state with aggregate for asphalt for
the last 10 years to help combat it.”
The answer has been to apply the same natural process that destroys the nations highways, into reaping stone at a rate unheard of before now. This was
accomplished with the help of a small bird with a voracious appetite.
“Back in 1887 when they cross-bred the woodpecker to the roadrunner, the idea was to create a hybrid bird that could survive both the rampant
cartoonists of the day and the deadly ‘Wiley Coyote’. explained Johnson. “But what they really did was to guarantee horrible roads for
over a century.”
Indeed. Between 1889 when the first hybridized ‘Roadpecker’ escaped into the wild, and today, the roads of the nation have been systematically
reduced to ruble on an almost annual basis. “The Roadpecker’s natural instinct is to attack asphalt and concrete, creating potholes where it
would lay eggs. And because those eggs hatch rather quickly, even heavy traffic flow was never enough to stop their propagation.”
But today, and thanks to the help of the University of Detroit where the Roadpecker was originally created so long ago, there is hope.
After the eggs have been harvested from new potholes, they are incubated in a tar bucket and then upon hatching, fed nothing but limestone. The result
is the perfect means of quarrying.
John Johnson goes on, “We get them when they are really young and keep them close to the quarry facing. After a few first days of finding the
wall, they are a natural.”
The state of Alabama, as well as those of Tennessee and Ohio, have already signed contracts for trained Roadpeckers from UoD. Beyond that, West
Virginia has also contracted for the first generation of birds that will hopefully learn to peck coal.
According to the 2006 report from the Federal Trade Authority, Roadpeckers cause $8.1 billion a year in highway damage and are also responsible for
costly erosion to Mount Rushmore. A study in 2008 also suggested that Roadpeckers attack park statues as well, endangering millions of domestic