Indian Rock Art Deterioration/Protection


DETERIORIZATION SOURCES
Vandals, and thieves.
Unknowledgeable people touching and making rubbings as finger oils and friction erode coatings protecting images.
Walking near rockart allows dust to settle on the images which can't be cleaned without damage.
Wind/Sun/Wave action erosion
Exfoliation=heat and cold flakes pieces off from main boulder with art on the flakes.
Ground water deposits minerals on the art
Forest Fire
Algae growing right over the images
Making locations public allowing access for vandals
Plant growth touching surface and aiding algae growth
Basalt crystals falling off panels leaving partial images

PROTECTION METHODS
Moving boulders/panels to museums like at Kennewick/Prosser/etc
Fencing in sites like at Kila, Montana
Spraying algae inhibitors, (this is just an idea as I don't know of this being done)
Pruning vegetation so there is no source for fire
Putting images on Internet so people can learn without impacting and view without visiting location.
Having a person on site like at Vantage to observe visitors.
Tours only like at Horsethief Lake
Keeping locations of rock art secretive
Creating shade to inhibit sun erosion

If anyone knows of other sources or methods for the list above please submit through email here and I will immediately post them.