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    Default I prefer to think of Gigantic Salmon Leaping

    But, I agree, it is part of Hydro-Québec, but I still wonder about why that was built that way.

    Resurrecting my last puzzle entry...

    (photo by Gerald Thurman) and the clue that it is VERY close to Kansas....

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    Default Hydro-Quebec indeed

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck View Post
    It's part of Hydro-Québec.

    AZBuck
    Well, duh;-) But where is it and how is it called?

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    Default Details, details, details

    How about the Robert-Bourassa Generating Facility located at James Bay?

    Reputed to be the largest generation site in North America. The Dam face is 530 tall and has it's own "Giant's Staircase" for those ENORMOUS salmon I was referring to earlier. Here's a view taken from the dam looking down at those stairs...

    It also an underground power station where the various parts of the generation plant were hewn from solid rock -- personally I can't imagine how this works... Maybe Gen can explain it to us?

    Mark

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    Default Hint #2

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    What town is this located in? When was it created? Who was the artist?
    (Actually, I don't know the answers about the artist or when it was built, but I'd like to know so we can feature it elsewhere on the site...)

    (Photo by Gerald Thurman)
    This statue can be found in front of the Chamber of Commerce building in this town....

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    Default It's a spillway

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    How about the Robert-Bourassa Generating Facility located at James Bay?

    Reputed to be the largest generation site in North America. The Dam face is 530 tall and has it's own "Giant's Staircase" for those ENORMOUS salmon I was referring to earlier. Here's a view taken from the dam looking down at those stairs...

    It also an underground power station where the various parts of the generation plant were hewn from solid rock -- personally I can't imagine how this works... Maybe Gen can explain it to us?

    Mark
    Hehe, there may be giant salmon in there but mostly trout and John Dory are fished there. In fact, on the day I took that picture I ate a meal of delicious John Dory fished the day before right at the bottom of those very steps by the lady who offered me a tour of the facility (I'll post a little write-up later in the Reports section). The fish are most likely to go down the stairs then climb them. The Giant's Staircase is actually a spillway for the Robert-Bourassa hydroelectric facility (formerly LG-2 - LG stands for La Grande, the name of the River that was diverted for the project). If the water on the other side of the dam



    gets too high, the gates open



    and the water flows into the staircase and eventually into the La Grande River below. If major spills occur, the water can take up to 20 minutes before it reaches the river! Indeed, the staircase counts 10 steps each the size of 2 football fields!



    This facility has a capacity of 7,722 MW that covers all the Province and even some north eastern States. So you guys profit from it too! The entrance to the facility consists of a huge door cut directly through the rock



    and the generators are located underground, under thick layers of million-year old rocks. Most of the infrastructure including the Spillway and the by-pass tunnels,



    was cut through the Canadian Shield, that's why they had to use a lot of dynamite. Needless to say sismic activity is monitored on a daily basis there.

    The complex is located just north of the Town of Radisson, QC and was built in the mid 1970's. Dubbed the "Project of the Century", it brought controversy and despair among the Cree communities in that area, some of whom had to move elsewhere because of the flood threat coming from the methods used by Hydro-Quebec (drying up rivers and diverting them). Some agreements were signed, but still, for many the situation remains an unsatisfactory one.

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    Default Pretty fascinating project

    I really like the photo of the big red door -- it looks very NORAD!

    Thanks for the extra information!

    Mark

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    Default Hint #3


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    This statue can be found in front of the Chamber of Commerce building in this town....
    The town is midway between Holly and Hasty... (it's a dumb clue, I know, but how often is such a situation like to arise?)

    Mark

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    Default needed that clue

    I can’t find much information about the statue, but it’s located in Lamar, Colorado. (birthplace of the late Ken Curtis.)

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    Default ...and the horse he rode in on.

    Looking for an excuse to post this, as it can't be used in this game.

    For the horse-statue-lovers in the crowd: "King" Wenceslas riding his horse in a rather unique manner. Statue is in a mall off Wenceslas Square (which is actually rectangular) in Prague.


    Photo: Don Casey

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    Default Something to help us all cool down

    A snow shot.

    Where is this?


    Photo: Don Casey

    Aside: I can't believe I've been using Capture NX 2 for post-processing almost exclusively for over two years and I JUST NOW discovered the control to correct perspective; "distortion control". RTM
    Last edited by CalOldBlue; 07-04-2009 at 04:13 PM.

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