42 Photos - Aug 29, 2012
Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Historic map (1883)  showing the eastward projection oif Capa Canaveral. The beach ridges are representative and not 100% accurate. It has changed dramatically in the last several hundred years. That open spot (pond) is one target we are interested in.Photo: Photo: A 1951 photo of the area, showing the ponds. Vegetation periodically burns off and you can see some of the the old beach ridges marked by denser vegetation.  Our OSL dates from cores in the pond all are less than 300 years old, indicating it is a very late formation in the cape's evolution.Photo: Compared to what it looked like earlier, it is really grown up. A lot of these are invasive species that would have been held in-check by fire which would have been part of the natural cycle of the area. .Photo: Cape Canaveral, around 1960.  The road system is the beginning of the 'space race'.  Most of the land features visible in this photo are now obliterated by heavy growths of Brazilian peppers (an invasive plant that has really taken over the cape).Photo: Google earth (2007) showing heavier vegetation and all the space roads and complexes.Photo: 1943 aerial of the area.  Clearly two lobes of the pond are visible here as are the beach ridges.Photo: Photo: Launch complex 21. Now cleared of vegetation and a step closer to preservation. Just north of the lake.Photo: Vegetation clearning up to the lake.  Scrub Jays (endangered) prefer more open terrain.  Cleaning for archaeology will thus help the Jays!Photo: Photo: Werner von Braun's office was at the rear of the hanger.  Being 'restored' as we speak (new doors going in on the front).  Northwest of the pond.Photo: The lighthouse has been moved to this location. Not in its original location which was right on the coastal fringe norttheast of the pond/lake.Photo: The cape is building eastward.  There used to be a fish camp in this location.Photo: Think of prehistoric populations camping in this area.  Shade is nonexistent.Video: Good bit of wind on the open cape as well.  Most of the vegetation is recent infestation.  Fires once kept it more open.  Today, we don't like fires too much.Photo: Launch Complex 19.  Used in the Gemini program. Gemini had two astronauts and techniques for Apollo were perfected during Gemini.Photo: Walking out to  the lake.  Cleared areas grow up very quickly.  There used to be a fire regime that kept it open.  Not any more.Photo: Canaveral Lighthouse in the background.  The brush in front borders a small slough.Photo: Clearing prior to archaeology will be necessary. Coming to the lake from the east.Photo: Photo: A small channel/slough,  now choked with cattails, once drained the pond. Maybe there is a spring there?Photo: Cat tails indicate water.  Low water will be better for Geoprobe testing of this area.  Fresh water on the 'beach' would have been an important resource.Photo: A lot of soft marshy ground around the pond margins.Photo: Tom Penders, Patrick Air Force Base, CRM specialist.  FSU Alumni.  'Space Archaeology' also falls within his area of expertise.Photo: Photo: Photo: Looking 'toward' the lake.  There may be a few random missile parts scattered around the area as well.  Things don't always go as planned in rocket testing!Photo: It does get a bit thick and there is a prescribed burn program to control the Brazilian Pepper and restore the natural environment.Photo: Thick vegetation.Photo: Regrowth after clearning can be rapid.Photo: Photo: Old beach strand deposits sweep across the cape and around the pond which is probably spring feed.  Note the marine shells within 100 meters of the pond.  Remains of a prehistoric meal?  We will have to find out.Photo: Out of focus Pectin (scallop shell) near the pond we are interested in.Photo: Spongy sediments border a lot of the pond margins. This may present problems in getting the Geoprobe into the pond so some planning is required.Photo: In the slough margins (flowing east).Photo: Launch complexes just across the road from the lake. Launch complex 46 for the Space Shuttle.Photo: Photo: