Here's where the quarrying operation began.
As soon as the next rows were blasted, the PC2000 would crawl up the rubble and begin to sift for product stones. Each blast was designed to maximize the yield of large stones, which were the ones we were after, so a lower amount of explosives was utilized compared to normal quarrying operations. Anything less than six tons was considered waste and the hoe loaded that material into the haul trucks to be discarded at the dump site. In the picture above you can see the left side of the face picked clean while the right side of the face has yet to be excavated.