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30 november 2010 tc 18 01 d 7 appendix d snowfall and

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Unformatted text preview: e snow over a burial site to its normal appearance unless there is more snowfall or a brisk wind. In addition, it is difficult for an emplacer to ensure that he leaves no trace of the operation after the snow has melted. ROCKS AND OTHER SUBSURFACE OBSTRUCTIONS D-43. To some extent, an emplacer can locate large obstructions that might prevent the use of a site before digging by probing with a rod or stake at the exact spot he is considering for the cache. SUBMERSION SITE D-44. A body of water must possess certain characteristics to be suitable for a submerged cache. The emplacer can only determine the presence of these characteristics by a thorough survey of the site. Emplacers will understand the importance of these characteristics after becoming familiar with the technicalities of submersion. EMPLACEMENT D-45. Submersion usually requires a boat, first for reconnoitering and then for emplacement. Thus, the availability of a boat and a plausible cover story generally determine the choice of submersion for a site. If no fishing or pleasure boating occur at the site, the emplacer may not have a workable cover story for the submersion. In tropical areas, seasonal rainfall often changes the course of streams or rivers and creates difficulties for the recovery team. Planners should keep this fact in mind when choosing the site and selecting reference points. RECOVERY D-46. Because the method for recovering a cache is generally similar to the method for emplacing a cache, it does not need a full description. However, planners should stress several important considerations in training for a recovery operation. PACKAGING D-47. Packaging usually involves packing the cache items, as well as the additional processing to protect the items from adverse storage conditions. Proper packaging is important because inadequate packaging is likely to render the items unusable. Because special equipment and skilled technicians are necessary for best results, planners should accomplish packaging at HQ or a field-packaging center whenever possible. However, to familiar...
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