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Freshwater quarry dives are boring. Nothing to see here, move along

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by 2airishuman, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. 2airishuman

    2airishuman Solo Diver

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    Well, except for the fish, invertebrates, plant life, topography, and the turtles.


     
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  2. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

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    All the fun is above the thermocline! Enjoyed the video.
     
  4. nolatom

    nolatom Captain

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    I've never dived a quarry. But this is much less boring than I would have expected.

    Portsmouth where? NH? VA? Bare hands, bare heads may mean it's not New England, nor Minnesota..
     
  5. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    UK?



    Bob
     
  6. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

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    Is that a quarry or a lake? The video says "lake," but the title of your post says "quarry." Lakes can be okay, but I do find quarries boring because they feel artificial.
     
  7. noj3333

    noj3333 Solo Diver

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    Looks like a nice dive... I could kill a few hours there!
     
  8. 2airishuman

    2airishuman Solo Diver

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    The video was all shot during one 48 minute dive last weekend. Portsmouth Mine Lake is in northern Minnesota near the town of Crosby, in the Brainerd lakes area. My DC recorded temperatures as low as 69 F and a max depth of 19'. It was warmer than that near the surface where most of the video was shot.

    Like the surrounding lakes, Portsmouth was an iron mine that has since been abandoned and allowed to flood. Whether it is better understood as a quarry or a lake is a philosophical question.

    Portsmouth is said to be 400 feet deep. On a later dive (in 7mm and with gloves) I went as far as 95'. It was 39F and there were pine trees with their needles still on. At 95' there was a black layer and I did not descend further because of the risk of entanglement in 0 viz.
     
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  9. Dubious

    Dubious Nassau Grouper

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    Click bait. Nice video. Most of our dives have been in quarry’s (man made lakes). Your visibility looks great. Our last quarry dive visibility was around 5 feet.
     
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  10. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Most of the quarries I have dived in Missouri did not look anything like the video. Boring was an understatement: Rocks, rocks, and more rocks, with the occasional abandoned hunk of machinery, discarded toilet or kitchen appliance being the primary source of entertainment.
     

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