Geophones and rattlesnakes

This time of year, just days away from the official start of spring, always reminds me of rattlesnakes.Years ago when I was a teenager out in West Texas, rattlesnakes and seismic exploration crews would come out of hibernation and spread out over the desert about this time each year. And I spent a couple of summers among them both, as a "jug-hustler" laying out geophone recording lines with the old Robert H. Ray Co. and Petty Geophysical Co. crews.The idea, then as now, was to place geophone lines in a fairly straight pattern. And that frequently leads one through underbrush that a wise person instinctively would avoid as a likely snake habitat. It wasn't long before the warning buzz ...

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