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When China Opens Floodgates on a Dam [pics]

The mountain of water flowing here provides a very unusual sight, as water gushes out from the gaps of a dam on the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River. The dam sits on the Yellow River in Luoyang, in the Henan province. All this is a part of a carefully choreographed operation intended to wash off silt.

The annual operation sees about 30 million tonnes of silt sent downstream, which washes away another 390 million tonnes of silt. Authorities have been conducting the operation since 13 years and say lowers the river bed in the lower reach of the river by an average of 2.03 meters each year. The dam opened up in the year 2000 following a six year construction and a cost of $3.5 billion to construct the 505ft tall dam.

Via DailyMail

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