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  • U.S. indicts Iranians for hacking dozens of banks, New York dam

    03/24/2016 12:35:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reuters ^ | 03/24/2016
    The hackers are accused of hitting the banks with distributed-denial-of-service attacks on a near-weekly basis, a relatively unsophisticated way of knocking computer networks offline by overwhelming them with a flood of spammed traffic. “These attacks were relentless, they were systematic, and they were widespread,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a Washington news conference. The indictment from a federal grand jury in New York City said the attacks occurred from 2011 to 2013. Washington has previously accused military officers from China and the North Korean government of cyber attacks against U.S. businesses. The attack on the Bowman Avenue Dam in...
  • Mosul dam engineers warn it could fail at any time, killing 1m people

    03/02/2016 10:49:38 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03/02/2016 | Julian Borger
    Iraqi engineers involved in building the Mosul dam 30 years ago have warned that the risk of its imminent collapse and the consequent death toll could be even worse than reported. They pointed out that pressure on the dam’s compromised structure was building up rapidly as winter snows melted and more water flowed into the reservoir, bringing it up to its maximum capacity, while the sluice gates normally used to relieve that pressure were jammed shut. The Iraqi engineers also said the failure to replace machinery or assemble a full workforce more than a year after Islamic State temporarily held...
  • Iraq's Mosul Dam Could Collapse, Causing 'Catastrophic' Destruction, Says U.S. General

    01/28/2016 7:37:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | Jan 28, 2016
    Iraq's Mosul Dam Could Collapse, Causing 'Catastrophic' Destruction, Says U.S. General U.S. commander in Iraq warns of looming disaster if weak dam fails: 'In the U.S., we would have drained the lake behind it.' The top U.S. general in Iraq warned Thursday of the potential collapse of Mosul Dam in the country's north, saying such an event could prove "catastrophic." The U.S.-led coalition is still determining the likelihood the hydroelectric dam could collapse but has developed a contingency plan alongside the Iraqi government, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland.
  • Klamath River dams moving toward removal despite congressional barriers ( CA & OR )

    02/08/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Bettina Boxall
    California, Oregon and the federal government are working on a way around congressional barriers to the removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The states, the U.S. Interior Department and the owner of the dams, PacifiCorp, announced Tuesday that they have agreed in principle to pursue removal through the federal dam relicensing process. The move comes after a complex deal to decommission four hydroelectric dams and restore portions of the historic salmon river fell apart when Congress failed to act on a crucial piece of the pact by a Dec. 31 deadline. Republican members of Congress and local elected...
  • Iranian Hackers Infiltrated New York Dam in 2013

    12/21/2015 12:56:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/21/2015 | By DANNY YADRON
    Iranian hackers infiltrated the control system of a small dam less than 20 miles from New York City two years ago, sparking concerns that reached to the White House, according to former and current U.S. officials and experts familiar with the previously undisclosed incident. The breach came amid attacks by hackers linked to Iran's government against the websites of U.S. banks, and just a few years after American spies had damaged an Iranian nuclear facility with a sophisticated computer worm called Stuxnet. In October 2012, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called out Iran's hacking, prompting fears of cyberwar. The still-classified dam...
  • China begins construction of 'world's tallest' dam (314-metre high..What could possibly go wrong?)

    07/16/2015 10:23:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/16/15 | AFP
    Beijing (AFP) - China has begun building a 314-metre (1,030-ft) high dam which will be among the world's tallest, officials said, as the country massively expands hydropower. The Shuangjiankou dam on a tributary of China's mighty Yangtze river will be completed in 2022, the environmental ministry said on its website Tuesday. The facility, costing 36 billion yuan ($5.8 billion), will be higher than the world's current tallest dam, the 305-metre Jinping-1, also in China. China has been expanding its hydropower electricity generating capacity as it seeks to reach a goal of obtaining 20 per cent of its power from non-fossil...
  • ISIS's Latest Weapon: Damming the Euphrates (Ramadi)

    06/02/2015 11:42:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6-2-2015 | Staff
    Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists have closed the gates of a dam in the Iraqi city of Ramadi which they seized last month, posing a humanitarian and security threat, officials said Tuesday. ISIS fighters have repeatedly attempted to control dams in Iraq, in some cases reducing the flow of water to areas under government control or flooding swathes of land to impede military operations, reports AFP. Anbar provincial council chief Sabah Karhout said ISIS "closed all the gates" at a dam in Ramadi, capital of Iraq's largest province. The move lowered the level of the Euphrates River and cut water...
  • Vandals destroy dam, release 49 million gallons of water into Bay

    05/24/2015 3:07:47 PM PDT · by infool7 · 78 replies
    KRON 4 ^ | 5/23/2015 | Mario Sevilla
    Fremont (KRON) — Fremont police say vandals attacked an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek that resulted in the loss of nearly 50 million gallons of water. Police believe that those responsible entered a restricted area sometime on Thursday morning and intentionally damaged the dam. “The dam, which is instrumental to the Alameda County Water District’s water supply operations, suffered irreversible damage,” police said. According to police, more than 150 acre-feet of water – or 49 million gallons – washed past the destroyed dam and into the San Francisco Bay. With California enduring a crippling four-year drought and no signs of...

    05/16/2015 4:22:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014 | by MICHELLE MOONS
    “Dam [thumbs up]… Train [thumbs down]… Governor, put our water before your train,” reads a billboard message erected by Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau, revealed this week in California’s Central Valley. “We don’t have a train shortage, we have a water shortage,” Brandau told Breitbart California. His message comes as California is in serious, extended drought, while Governor Jerry Brown has made it his priority to push forward the troubled high-speed rail project. The “Dam” references the proposed Temperance Flat Dam. In 2014, Californians were sold on passing the Proposition 1 water bond on the premise that funds would be...
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq [ONGOING]

    08/20/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    AP via ^ | 08/20/2014 9:52 AM | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded. The official says the airstrikes were in the area of the Mosul Dam and were aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces create a buffer zone at the key facility. The strikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish troops reclaim the dam from the insurgents.
  • Obama says Iraqi, Kurdish forces have recaptured Mosul Dam with US air support

    08/19/2014 5:54:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/19/2014
    President Obama announced Monday that Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have recaptured the vital Mosul Dam -- calling it a "major step forward" in the fight against Islamic State militants who seized the dam earlier this month. "If that dam was breached, it could have proven catastrophic," Obama said, speaking from the White House briefing room. The joint military campaign lasted for hours, as U.S. airstrikes pounded Islamic militant positions while Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters battled on the ground to retake the infrastructure. Obama, who spoke during a brief pause in D.C. from...
  • US Strikes Iraq With Land-Based Bombers

    08/17/2014 6:39:05 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 21 replies
    Newser ^ | Aug 17, 2014 | Newser Editors
    The latest round of US airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. Kurdish security officials say Kurdish forces, aided by US and Iraqi airstrikes, have now taken over parts of the dam. Militants had captured control of the dam less than two weeks ago. The US military says US forces conducted nine strikes yesterday and another 16 today. The second round of strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers, and one checkpoint, the US said.
  • Mosul's Damn Dam

    08/13/2014 4:39:34 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/13/2014 | Guy Haselmann
    Last week, the barbaric Islamic State (IS) seized the vitally important Mosul dam, dramatically impacting tactical options against them and potentially changing the future of the Middle East. * snip * Since the dam was completed in the mid-1980’s it has required continuous (daily) maintenance, because it was built on top of gypsum, a soft mineral which dissolves when in contact with water. More than 50,000 tons of materials have been injected into the dam since 1986. The ‘sink hole’ type of cavities that constantly form have to be expeditiously plugged with “grout”, a liquefied mixture of cement and other...
  • ISIS claims gains, takes control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam

    08/04/2014 8:56:48 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-4-2014 | Alan Duke and Hamdi Alkhshali
    Fighters with the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria reached the triangle border between Iraq, Syria and Turkey, it said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday. ISIS took control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam on Iraq's Tigris River, which provides power to the city of Mosul about 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the south, the commander of the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters who had been defending the facility said Sunday. The dam workers remained inside the facility, which fell after a 24-hour battle, Lt. Col. Herash said. SNIP----- "If you control the Mosul Dam, you can...
  • Sunni Militants Advance Toward Large Iraqi Dam

    06/25/2014 6:34:25 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6-25-14 | ALISSA J. RUBIN and ROD NORDLAND
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi security officials said Wednesday that fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were advancing on the Haditha Dam, the second-largest in Iraq, raising the possibility of catastrophic damage and flooding. Worries about the dam came as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki criticized his political rivals but did not reject entreaties by Western leaders, including a personal visit by Secretary of State John Kerry, to help defuse the crisis by forming a new government with more equitable power sharing among competing groups. The ISIS militants advancing on the Euphrates River dam, about 120 miles northwest of...
  • Drought be dammed, Calif. lawmakers look to storing water

    02/27/2014 5:24:26 PM PST · by bubbacluck · 28 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 27, 2014 | Michael Doyle
    The California drought is stoking a congressional appetite for additional water storage, with new and larger dams back on competing menus.

    02/09/2002 4:16:51 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 480 replies · 3,525+ views
    not sure yet ^ | 02/09/02 | RaceBannon
    VANITY POST: I have been trying recently to compile any articles of Arabs within the United States or Europe taking pictures of Nuclear Plants, Chemical Plants, large buildings.
  • Al Nusrah front spearheads capture of Syrian dam, claims suicide assault

    02/11/2013 8:56:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | February 11, 2013 | BILL ROGGIO
    The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda in Iraq's affiliate in Syria, led an assault today that resulted in the takeover of a major dam on the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Additionally, the terror group claimed credit for a suicide assault on an intelligence headquarters in the city of Palmyra. The Al Nusrah Front spearheaded today's assault on the "strategic" dam in Thawra in Raqqa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Nusrah Front led "other factions" of the insurgency to take control of Thawra, which "is considered one of the...
  • Mississippi Dam to Undergo Controlled Breach

    08/30/2012 12:17:29 PM PDT · by verum ago · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 30 August 2012 | Betsy McKay, Mike Esterl
    <p>Officials are executing a controlled breach of a dam in Mississippi this afternoon to prevent it from failing, and local authorities in Louisiana have ordered the mandatory evacuation of as many as 60,000 people downriver as a precaution against potential flooding.</p>
  • EMERGENCY ALERT: Percy Quin Dam Failure Imminent (Southern Mississippi, TANGIPAHOA)

    08/30/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    Tangipahoa Parish Government ^ | 8-29-12 | Tangipahoa Parish Government
  • Mayans used reservoir, sand-filtered water to support urban population at Tikal

    07/16/2012 5:47:59 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 16 July 2012 | Vernon Scarborough et al.
    Around 700 AD, Tikal had the largest dam built by the ancient Maya of Central America, used sand filtration to cleanse water entering reservoirs, a "switching station" that accommodated seasonal filling and release of water, and the deepest, rock-cut canal segment in the Maya lowlands. All this to support a population at Tikal of perhaps 60,000 to 80,000 inhabitants and an estimated population of five million in the overall Maya lowlands.
  • 2 salmon-eating sea lions killed at Bonneville Dam (nonlethal hazing failed)

    04/08/2012 12:21:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/06/12
    2 salmon-eating sea lions killed at Bonneville DamAssociated Press – Fri, Apr 6, 2012 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Washington state wildlife spokesman says two salmon-eating California sea lions have been captured this week at Bonneville Dam and killed by lethal injection. The Oregonian reports the deaths are the first this year after a federal judge ruled last month the program could proceed. Washington Fish and Wildlife spokesman Craig Bartlett says the sea lions were captured Tuesday.
  • Who is buried in the Hoover Dam?

    03/31/2012 10:24:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 16, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    Who is buried in the Hoover Dam? The Hoover Dam is one of the most phenomenal structures in modern history. This 1244 feet long, 660 feet thick, and 726 feet high concrete behemoth holds back so much water that it deformed the earth's crust and caused 600 small earthquakes in the decade after its construction. Over 100 workers died constructing the Hoover Dam — and legend has it, some of them are buried within its concrete facade. Is there anything to these rumors? An enormous number of deaths - Over 100 people died in the construction of the Hoover Dam....
  • Gilboa Dam in Eastern NY at risk of breach

    08/28/2011 2:15:37 PM PDT · by angcat · 13 replies
    <p>GILBOA, N.Y. (AP) - Residents of Schoharie County downstream of the Blenheim-Gilboa Dam are being advised to move to higher ground because of the potential for flooding along the Schoharie Creek.</p> <p>The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, which owns the dam as part of its upstate water supply, says warning sirens were triggered Sunday afternoon by rising water due to higher-than-predicted rainfall and the loss of electronic monitoring devices at the dam.</p>
  • Dams power down in the largest US dam removal

    05/28/2011 8:45:39 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 74 replies ^ | May 28, 2011 | PHUONG LE
    The Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula once teemed with legendary salmon runs before two towering concrete dams built nearly a century ago cut off fish access to upstream habitat, diminished their runs and altered the ecosystem. On June 1, nearly two decades after Congress called for full restoration of the river and its fish runs, federal workers will turn off the generators at the 1913 dam powerhouse and set in motion the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Contractors will begin dismantling the dams this fall, a $324.7 million project that will take about three years and eventually...
  • FBI Investigating Camouflaged Intruder Photographing Oregon Dam

    05/13/2011 11:07:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 32 replies ^ | May 13, 2011 | by Pat Dooris, KGW Staff
    SNIPPET: "LOWELL, Ore. -- The FBI wants to know the identity of a man who climbed a barbed wire fence and entered Lookout Point Dam, southeast of Eugene, on March 2. Surveillance cameras caught the intruder on tape just before 2 a.m." SNIPPET: "The Army Corps is offering $1000.00 reward for information leading to the man. Anyone with tips is asked to call: 1-866-413-7970."
  • New water panel chairman wants more California projects built

    01/18/2011 9:10:23 AM PST · by Congressman Tom McClintock · 8 replies
    New water panel chairman wants more California projects built Michael Doyle | McClatchy Newspapers last updated: January 14, 2011 07:49:40 PM WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, could start making waves in California water. As new chairman of the House water and power subcommittee, McClintock can promote his pet projects while he squeezes environmentalists. Politically, this means renewed talk of an Auburn dam, stricter scrutiny of San Joaquin River restoration and more support for hydropower. "We need to change the central objective of our federal water and power policy, to one of abundance," McClintock said in an interview. "That...
  • S. Utah towns evacuated; dam break imminent

    12/21/2010 2:47:32 PM PST · by Colofornian · 95 replies · 5+ views
    ABC4 (Salt Lake City) ^ | Dec. 21, 2010
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The National Weather Service reports that a dam along the east fork of the Virgin River near Zion National Park is about to break, and warned residents in Springdale and Rockville to evacuate immediately. The Washington County Commission also signed a declaration of emergency. The NWS report issued at about 12:30 p.m. said that the imminent failure of the Trees Ranch Dam on the east fork of the Virgin River in Washington County was reported by the Washington County Sheriffs department. The nearest downstream community is Rockville, which is at risk from imminent...
  • Pelosi's new position for Clyburn to avert Dem battle: 'Assistant Leader'

    11/13/2010 5:09:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Pelosi's new position for Clyburn to avert Dem battle: 'Assistant Leader' By Molly K. Hooper - 11/13/10 04:00 PM ET House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked her colleagues Saturday to support Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) for "Assistant Leader," a newly created third-ranking position at the leadership table. In a letter to her fellow Democrats, Pelosi wrote "should I receive the privilege of serving as House Democratic Leader, I will be very honored to nominate our outstanding colleague, Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, to serve in the number three House Democratic position. I will also ask the Caucus to...
  • NWS Emergency management: Lake Delhi (Iowa) dam has failed

    07/24/2010 10:43:02 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 28 replies
    KCRG TV ^ | July 24 2010
    MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) - The National Weather Service says the Lake Delhi dam in eastern Iowa has failed and that several small communities downstream could be severely flooded. Meteorologist Chris Legro says water has been detected flowing beneath the dam and that a complete failure was possible, sending a dramatic increase in water down the Maquoketa River. Legro says about half of Hopkinton, a city of about 700, could be flooded. He says flooding also was likely later in the day in Monticello, a city of about 3,600 people. People who live in the Freddy's Beach resort area around the...
  • China floods put pressure on Three Gorges Dam

    07/23/2010 7:52:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/23/10 | Chi-Chi Zhang - ap
    BEIJING – Record-high water levels at China's massive Three Gorges Dam have called into question Beijing's claims that the world's largest hydroelectric project could withstand a 10,000-year flood. The water level reached 518 feet (158 meters) Saturday morning, just 55 feet (17 meters) from the reservoir's maximum capacity of 573 feet (175 meters), flood control headquarters in the central province of Hubei told The Associated Press. Water could go higher with China's national weather center issuing a warning Saturday of more torrential rains for the region through 8 a.m. Sunday.
  • Police: 2 killed in Russian power station attack

    07/21/2010 2:26:44 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 7/21/10 | SERGEI VENYAVSKY
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia – Two carloads of assailants attacked a hydroelectric station in southern Russia early Wednesday, killing two workers and setting off bombs. The attack took place in Kabardino-Balkariya, one of the republics in Russia's restive Caucasus region where clashes with insurgents are frequent...
  • U.S. Rebuilds Power Plant, Taliban Reap a Windfall

    07/13/2010 2:39:10 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 13, 2010 | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
    LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan—The U.S. has poured more than $100 million into upgrading the Kajaki hydropower plant, the biggest source of electricity in south Afghanistan. And it plans on spending much more, in an effort to woo local sympathies away from the Taliban insurgency. Yet, one of the biggest beneficiaries of this American-taxpayer-financed project are the Taliban themselves. Since U.S.-funded repairs of a turbine at the Kajaki plant doubled its capacity in October, nearly half of the total electrical output has flowed to districts in Helmand province where the Taliban administer the grid, Afghan officials say. In those districts, residents pay...
  • Thwarted Bomb Plot Highlights Unspoken War

    06/24/2010 6:53:39 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 1 replies ^ | 06/24/2010 | Gina Miller
    We are so distracted by the many battle fronts we face with just the Obama administration alone, that it's hard to keep up with all that's coming against us besides the enemies of America within our own government, for instance, the Mexican border violence and stealth invasion of our country by millions of people from south of the border. The enemy without has been creeping into our country through the southern border for years now, enabled by the politicians that swore to protect our country from enemies foreign and domestic. Like most of our politicians, Mexico is not truly our...
  • China's Monster Three Gorges Dam Is About To Slow The Rotation Of The Earth

    06/18/2010 7:01:52 AM PDT · by blam · 79 replies · 2,618+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-18-2010 | Cutler Cleveland, The Energy Watch
    China's Monster Three Gorges Dam Is About To Slow The Rotation Of The Earth Cutler Cleveland, The Energy Watch Jun. 18, 2010, 9:23 AM The Myth: The filling of the reservoir behind Three Gorges Dam in China changed the rotation of the Earth. The Evidence: Three Gorges Dam, China crosses the Yangtze River in Hubei province, China. It the world’s largest hydroelectric power station by total capacity, which will be 22,500 MW when completed. When the water level is maximum at 175 meters (574 ft) over sea level (91 meters (299 ft) above river level), the reservoir created by the...
  • Obama was suspected target of Indonesian jihadists: expert

    05/13/2010 11:32:51 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 18 replies · 994+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2010
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who is due to visit Indonesia in June, was one of several suspected targets of Indonesian militants captured in police raids recently, an expert on militants said on Friday.
  • Biggest beaver dam seen from space

    05/12/2010 5:18:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies · 1,545+ views
    msnbc ^ | 5/8/10 | By Charmaine Noronha
    TORONTO - A Canadian-based ecologist says he has located the world's largest beaver dam in northwestern Canada using Google satellite technology. Ecologist Jean Thie located the 2,788-foot (850-meter) dam using Google Earth and NASA technology while researching the rate of melting permafrost in the country's far north. Situated in northern Alberta's Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories border, the dam stretches more than eight football fields long, Thie said Friday. Story continues below ↓advertisement | your ad here "I couldn't believe it when I saw it — it's a vast, vast area. There may be longer dams...
  • World's biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada

    05/06/2010 2:35:00 PM PDT · by Man50D · 42 replies · 1,834+ views ^ | May 5, 2010 | ichel Comte and Jacques Lemieux
    A Canadian ecologist has discovered the world's largest beaver dam in a remote area of northern Alberta, an animal-made structure so large it is visible from space. Researcher Jean Thie said Wednesday he used satellite imagery and Google Earth software to locate the dam, which is about 850 metres (2,800 feet) long on the southern edge of Wood Buffalo National Park. Average beaver dams in Canada are 10 to 100 metres long, and only rarely do they reach 500 metres. First discovered in October 2007, the gigantic dam is located in a virtually inaccessible part of the park south of...
  • World's biggest beaver dam can be seen from space

    05/04/2010 11:07:55 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 119 replies · 3,971+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4 May 2010 | staff reporter
    This woodland construction is the world's biggest beaver dam, which at 2,790ft is more than twice the length of the Hoover dam and can be seen from space. The mammals use trees, mud and stone to make a type of moat where they can use their swimming skills to evade any predators. The families live in lodges on the dams and spend their days adding to and repairing the incredible structures. The dam was spotted by experts monitoring the size and spread of the beaver dams in North America. It is located on the southern edge of Wood Buffalo National...
  • China builds world's highest dam, India fears water theft(far bigger than Three Gorges)

    04/24/2010 8:30:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies · 1,837+ views
    Asia News ^ | 04/24/10
    China builds world's highest dam, India fears water theft(several times bigger than Three Gorges) 04/24/2010 12:36 CHINA - INDIA China builds world's highest dam, India fears water theft The dam will rise to 3,260 meters, on Yarlung Zangbo River (Brahmaputra, for Indians) using special materials and techniques. But India notes that the river is essential to the lives of millions of people and calls for assurances that Beijing does not seem to want to give. For that zone a war was fought that has never officially ended. Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - China has admitted that it is building a...
  • Washington looks to Laos to contain China’s expansion

    03/28/2010 5:22:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 493+ views
    Asia News ^ | 03/26/10
    » 03/26/2010 16:49 LAOS - UNITED STATES Washington looks to Laos to contain China’s expansion The small Asian nation central to the interests of the two superpowers. The United States intends to strengthen development programs in environmental, humanitarian, commercial and military sectors. Chinese dams on the Mekong threaten the ecosystem of the entire South-East Asia. Vientiane (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The United States intends to strengthen cooperation with Laos to balance the expansion of China in South-East Asia. After decades of suspicions and misunderstandings a hangover from the war in Vietnam, Washington has started a bilateral program of economic development...
  • Vietnam: Chinese dams blamed for Mekong River woes(Chicom upsets Charlie)

    03/25/2010 2:05:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 632+ views
    Viet News ^ | 03/16/10 | Tuoi Tre
    Last Update: 1:34 p.m. (GMT+7), Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Chinese dams blamed for Mekong River woes Tuoi Tre The mighty Mekong River has seen its water level shrink to a 20-year low, badly affecting farming in five nations in its lower region. Besides climate change and a decline in rainfall, the construction of giant dams on its mainstream by China is reported to be a major cause for this. Around 250 million people in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam depend on the Mekong for water, with 60 million earning a living mainly by fishing. Many parts of the 4,900-kilometer...
  • Dams proposed in picturesque valleys (MT)

    12/07/2009 9:02:00 PM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 505+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | December 3, 2009 | LINDA HALSTEAD-ACHARYA
    ROSCOE — A Bozeman company has filed applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit to proceed with feasibility studies of hydropower projects on East and West Rosebud river. The application, submitted to FERC by Hydrodynamics Inc., describes one diversion dam on each river. The dam on the East Rosebud would be approximately 400 feet downstream of East Rosebud Lake. On the West Rosebud, the dam would divert water roughly 800 feet downstream of Emerald Lake. The proposed dams would be 8 feet high and 100 feet long. Both would involve taking some of the river’s runoff...
  • Pasadena's Devil's Gate Dam could be put to the test

    11/29/2009 4:03:19 PM PST · by americanophile · 8 replies · 1,051+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 28, 2009 | Baxter Holmes
    Twelve years ago, the idea of a giant mudslide barreling down the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena was considered only a distant possibility. Nevertheless, the Devil's Gate Dam underwent a major enhancement that took two years to complete and enabled one of the oldest dams in Los Angeles County to withstand a potential massive debris flow. At the time, engineers thought the improvements might be overkill because conditions would never be extreme enough to test the dam's strength, at least not in their lifetimes. "Not a chance," recalled Brad Boman, engineering manager of water services at Pasadena Water and Power. But...
  • Massive Blackout Hits Brazil's 2 Largest Cities

    11/11/2009 4:34:24 AM PST · by Cindy · 17 replies · 809+ views
    (AP) via FOX ^ | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | n/a
    RIO DE JANEIRO — A massive power failure blacked out Brazil's two largest cities and other parts of Latin America's biggest nation for more than two hours late Tuesday, leaving millions of people in the dark after a huge hydroelectric dam suddenly went offline. Paraguay was also affected when the Itaipu dam straddling the two nations' border stopped producing 17,000 megawatts of power, resulting in outages in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and at least several other big Brazilian cities, Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao said. The cause of the failure had not been determined, but Lobao said...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Sep. 6-12, 2009: Vaiont Dam Landslide

    09/10/2009 9:47:58 PM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 948+ views
    Vaiont Dam, Italy ^ | June 2007 | Steven Dutch
    Quick background: I found this while searching for events that happened on September 9 (we just had 09/09/09). A Web site mistakenly lists this disaster as happening on September 9, 1963; actually it happened October 9, 1963. Hadn't heard of it before, but it's listed as one of the top engineering disasters in history. The Vajont (Vaiont) Landslide The site linked in the header provides small snapshots of the whole area. Two examples: Here's an annotated picture that helps put it in context. Here's a picture of the immediate aftermath: To really get this in perspective, though, use Google Maps....
  • S. Korea: 6 Koreans Missing After River Near Border Surges(NK-created flash flood?)

    09/06/2009 3:05:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 445+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 09/06/09
    6 Koreans Missing After River Near Border Surges Six South Koreans camping and fishing along a river flowing from North Korea were missing Sunday after it suddenly rose, possibly because a new dam in the North released a large amount of water without warning, The Associated Press reported Sunday, quoting officials. About 200 rescuers were trying to locate the missing people along the Imjin River, fire official Park Ju-il was quoted as saying. He said their identities were not immediately available. Gyeonggi provincial official Choi Kwon-rak said a North Korean dam just north of the border may have released large...
  • 10 Dead, 72 Missing in Russian Dam Disaster

    08/17/2009 1:36:21 PM PDT · by Shermy · 11 replies · 1,187+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | August 18, 2009
    At least 10 people were killed and more than a dozen injured when a machine room flooded at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant, knocking out power in several Siberian regions and causing a panic near Russia’s largest dam. The plant, owned by state-controlled RusHydro, was halted after suffering “billions of rubles” of damage, and it could take as many as four years to be completely repaired, chief executive Vasily Zubakin said. The lost electricity could also dampen sales for metals firms with plants nearby, including United Company RusAl and Evraz Group. At least 72 workers were still missing almost a full...
  • Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda

    04/30/2009 5:10:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 1,627+ views
    US - Press Release ^ | April 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 43, a dual national of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda. Al-Marri entered his guilty plea at a hearing this afternoon before Judge Michael M. Mihm in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. In so doing, al-Marri admitted that he agreed with others to provide material support or resources to al-Qaeda in the form of personnel, including himself, to work under al-Qaeda’s...
  • Chinese earthquake may have been man-made, say scientists

    02/02/2009 4:35:38 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 28 replies · 1,413+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 03 Feb 2009 | Malcolm Moore
    An earthquake that killed at least 80,000 people in Sichuan last year may have been triggered by an enormous dam just miles from the epicentre. The 511ft-high Zipingpu dam holds 315 million tonnes of water and lies just 550 yards from the fault line, and three miles from the epicentre, of the Sichuan earthquake. Now scientists in China and the United States believe the weight of water, and the effect of it penetrating into the rock, could have affected the pressure on the fault line underneath, possibly unleashing a chain of ruptures that led to the quake. Fan Xiao, the...