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Falling Rock Signs from Canada

Point Amour, Labrador, 18.VII.2010; pict. Baeten & De Dier

Point Amour, Labrador,
18.VII.2010; pict. Baeten & De Dier
pict. H. De Meyer
Glacier Park, British Columbia,
21.V.2006; pict. R. Mason

Falling Rock Signs in Canada all look alike. At least at first sight. Regular visitors —keen as they are— will probably immediately point to the differences and peculiarities in our samples. Notice the shape of the pebbles: droplets left, flat right. The top of the cliff in the sample shown at right is a round corner instead of a sharp one. Noticed the extra pebble?
Roadsigns should in order to warn effectively bring a real world dangerous situation to the mind. The signs at hand are suggesting that rocks come down in an orderly fashion with boulders and pebbles alternating. Maybe even during certain designated time frames of the day. This is not some­thing that in any way relates to my experiences on the road. Seeing this happen, I would most likely loose control of my vehicle.

Jasper National Park, Alberta,
IX.2000; pict. M. Plessers
Our next sample has a similar flaw. It is a warning for avalanches and the artist very carefully depicted boulders of both ice and rock. I count seven of each kind.

Teachers using this panel as a teaching aid (a picture or the real thing during an excursion) could unintentionally put their pupils on the wrong leg. It should be made clear that it is highly unlikely that a glacier is spitting blocks of ice and stone in equal amounts.

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