A series about things that didn't quite get where they needed to be.
The largest operating facilities of each of the three major types of hydroelectric power plants.
Three Gorges Dam (Yangtze River)
Typically quite large, an impoundment-style hydropower plant uses a dam to store river water in a reservoir. Water released from the reservoir flows through a turbine which activates a generator. The rate at which water is released can change or remain constant.
Chief Joseph Dam (Columbia River)
A diversion (also known as run-of-river) style hydropower plant channels a portion of a river through a canal or penstock. Though many diversion-style hydropower plants feature dams, they are not always required depending on the river.
Bath County Pump Storage Station (Virginia)
A pumped-storage style hydropower plant works like a battery, storing electricity generated by other power sources (solar, wind, nuclear) for later use. This type of hydropower plant stores energy by pumping water uphill to a reservoir at a higher elevation from a second reservoir at a lower elevation. When the demand for electricity is low, it pumps water to the higher reservoir for storage. When the demand is high, water is released back to the lower reservoir and turns a turbine, generating electricity.
As a child, I was extremely intrigued by rocks. I vividly remember taking a field trip to a rock and gem show in first grade. It was held at the local civic center, and it was one of my favorite field trips ever. I created a zine that recollects my experience.
City of Holland Snowmelt
Part of a project for the City of Holland to display how much snow their heated sidewalks melted during the winter.
An old Alpine climber.
Dr. Donald R. Currey, who unwittingly cut down the oldest living tree in the world for his graduate research in 1964. The United States Forest Service permitted him to cut it down, and no one realized how old it was until they counted the rings at the lab.
This is an ancient bristlecone pine, the same species as Prometheus. Prometheus was growing in Nevada before it was felled.
This is the innermost core of the trunk of Prometheus.