Sunday, September 27, 2009

Glen Canyon Dam

The Glen Canyon Dam is 710 feet (216 meters) high and 300 feet (91 meters) wide at the base. California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico receive about 8.2 million acre feet of water per year from the dam.

The dam is part of the Colorado River Storage Project for the Upper Colorado Basin. The dam is about 4.5 miles south of the border between Arizona and Utah. The dam started blocking the flow of the river in 1963. The plant generates enough electricity to supply about 650,000 persons in the area with power.

Construction started in 1956 and the dam was dedicated in 1966.

If you visit, take the tour, it is amazing. There are great views above this dam and there are many photographic opportunities.

Today is Sunday so we have new travel photos on Viva la Voyage. You can see photos of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

15 comments:

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

what a magnificent view!

brattcat said...

I love the way you put that enormous dam in context with the land and sky behind it.

Hilda said...

This is an amazing photo, Julie! The angle's dizzying but awesome!

Cezar and Léia said...

This is a quite impressive work and I'm sure one can find many opportunities for pics as you say!
God bless you!
Cezar

Sharon said...

This is a great photo of the dam. It really shows how massive it is.

Thérèse said...

What a beast!

glenda said...

That is a great shot of the dam! It's really quite an amazing place to see and visit.

Jarart said...

My husband ran the telephone cables way down in the bottom of the dam just after the completion of the dam. He had to go down stairs all the way to the bottom and then start hanging the cable on the way back up the stairs. He has some pictures somewhere. Great shot of the dam.

JM said...

Big dams allways impress me and this is no exception. Excellent composition!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

25 years ago I took my two sons fishing off the cliff on the far side of the dam at the spot shown in your photo. They were not quite 3 and 5 years of age. We caught (and tossed back) some fish, they stayed away from the edge, and we went back to our tent where we were just about blown away for the rest of the night. I think it was about 3 months before we got the red sand out of everything.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Amazing place, beautiful picture!

robert said...

Not that I fear much, but one can nearly feel the power of the mass of water on one side, while looking at the empty other.
Reminds me of the saying, that many times 'emptyness' is what makes usage, such as a glass, a door or the other side of a dam.
A power filled new week to you.

Boise Diva said...

It's a massive mass!

Don and Krise said...

Huge doesn't even describe it. Just look at the vehicles on the top and it really gives you some perspective. Awesome shot Julie.

Lois said...

What a gorgeous shot! I have always been fascinated by dams.

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