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    There’s a Giant Hole in this Dam Water!

    Post by SPADEZ on Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:09 am

    At first glance you might mistake a bell-mouth spillway for a watery
    vortex into another dimension. What can only be described as a giant
    hole in the water is actually a method for controlling the release of
    flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area. These spillways help
    prevent floods from ‘dam’-aging or destroying a dam.

    Photograph by The Cat’s Place

    - A spillway is a structure used to provide for the controlled
    release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically
    being the river that was dammed
    - Spillways release floods so that the water does not overtop and damage
    or even destroy the dam. Except during flood periods, water does not
    normally flow over a spillway
    - In contrast, an intake is a structure used to release water on a regular basis for water supply, hydroelectricity generation, etc.
    - Floodgates and fuse plugs may be designed into spillways to regulate water flow and dam height
    - Other uses of the term “spillway” include bypasses of dams or outlets
    of a channels used during highwater, and outlet channels carved through
    natural dams such as moraines
    Source: Wikipedia

    Photograph by Jon Bradbury

    Photograph by Traqopodaros

    - Some spillways are designed like an inverted bell so that water can
    enter all around the perimeter. These uncontrolled spillway devices are
    also called: morning glory, plughole, glory hole, or bell-mouth spillways
    - In areas where the surface of the reservoir may freeze, bell-mouth
    spillways are normally fitted with ice-breaking arrangements to prevent
    the spillway from becoming ice-bound
    Source: Wikipedia

    Photograph by David Wilby

    Photograph by Buster Bakewell

    - The images above are from the spillways located at the Ladybower Resevoir
    - The Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England
    - The River Ashop flows into the reservoir from the west; the River
    Derwent flows south, initially through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent
    Reservoir, and finally through Ladybower Reservoir
    - Its longest dimension is just over 3 miles (5km), and at the time of
    construction it was the largest reservoir in Britain (1943)
    Source: Wikipedia

    Photograph by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

    Photograph by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

    - The Monticello Dam is a dam in Napa County, California, United States constructed between 1953 and 1957
    - It is a medium concrete-arch dam with a structural height of 304 ft (93 m) and a crest length of 1,023 ft (312 m)
    - It contains 326,000 cubic yards (249,000 m³) of concrete. The dam
    impounded Putah Creek to cover the former town of Monticello and flood
    Berryessa Valley to create Lake Berryessa, the second-largest lake in
    - The capacity of the reservoir is 1,602,000 acre•ft (1,976,000 dam³).
    Water from the reservoir is supplied mostly to the North Bay area of San
    - The dam is noted for its classic, uncontrolled spillway with a rate of
    48,400 cubic feet per second (1370 m³/s) and a diameter at the lip of
    72 ft (22 m).
    Source: Wikipedia

    Photograph by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

    Photograph by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

    - Wikipedia: Spillways
    - Wikipedia: Ladybower Resevoir
    - Wikipedia: Monticello Dam

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    Photograph by Ian Stuart Armstrong

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    Photograph by Carl McCabe

    Photograph by ChezyNickAnnie

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    Photograph by Martin Roberts

    Photograph by Preseverando

    Source: http://twistedsifter.com/2010/05/giant-hole-in-water-bell-mout-spillways/

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    Re: There’s a Giant Hole in this Dam Water!

    Post by iRaz on Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:42 am

    they are werid but the pics looks cool to me


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