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Bio - Chris Ogden
Journeying Within (world's largest underground marble quarry, Vermont)
Jules Verne would have found himself home deep beneath Vermont's Green Mountains. It is the home to the biggest underground marble quarry in the world, over a mile long with a footprint of 25 acres and reaching six levels deep. Five varieties of marble are produced here.
The colors underground start with one of the whitest marbles available, yet are coated with layers of black soot from long ago lanterns and now diesel exhaust. However, the blacks are flanked by incredibly warm tones and intensely aqua/turquoise/cyan from the suspended particulates.
While this magical place reinvigorated many of my boyhood flights of fancy, I'm also called to wonder how we conserve, monitor, understand the impact of places we simply cannot see...