While Team Avatar was staying at this quarry, Aang began his earthbending training under Toph's instruction. Meanwhile, Sokka, while searching for food near here, found himself trapped in a fissure and taunted by Foo Foo Cuddlypoops, a saber-tooth moose lion cub. Aang found the Water Tribe warrior and attempted to free him, though with little success. He did rescue Sokka from the cub's angry mother by standing his ground to her. On Toph's inquiry, he subsequently performed his first earthbending act. Before he could test his newly acquired skill, Toph stopped him and freed Sokka from the fissure in the ground herself, fearing the excited Avatar might accidentally crush Sokka. Afterwards, the group returned to their camp, where Aang showed his earthbending to Katara.
The quarry itself is a true earthbender's paradise as large, geological formations surround the quarry. Inside, sheer cliffs and multi-tiered terraces make up this unique location. Various types of rocks, boulders, and sand are scattered throughout the quarry. The middle of the quarry is flat and makes the perfect place to camp, although the rock-hard ground is a little uncomfortable to sleep on. Surrounding the quarry is a small forest where various Earth Kingdom animals live, including the saber-tooth moose lion.