Time Lapse of Elwha River 20-5-2016 Timelapse A12 70 meter tunnel 2 days ago   02:18

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Burke Museum
Watch as the Elwha Dam and Glines Canyon Dam are removed in this short time lapse video using photos from the Olympic National Park's Elwha Dam web cam.

This video originally appeared in a temporary exhibit developed by the Burke Museum, in collaboration with The Seattle Times, The Mountaineers Books, and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

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Lasse Laitinen
Hopefully we'll see this miracle happening here in Finland too - especially in Kuurnankoski where we have the last remaining population of our landlocked salmon (Salmo Salar m. Sebago) without any means to reach their natural spawning area. The population has been kept alive by fishfarming for the last 40 years. The powerplant is very small (115 000 MWh) and currently owned by Vattenfal.
Olivier
What is wrong with these dams? Why should they be removed?
cogsof rust
a stent placed in the earth's heart
Docktor Jim
The webcams have been removed.
Lynall Lynall
Excellent video with quality music, a rare combination on youtube.
R Louter
I'm curious about the huge amount of silt left behind once the water level normalized. What is/was the plan for that?
Klaus Riede
Fascinating! Maybe the original soundtrack of roaring water would be even more impressive
Elinor Stempinski
This was beautiful. :)
Bunya
Need and Want are vastly different things.I need to buy a new computer to play games is a delusional mind state - extrapolate 10 to 100,000 years considering the damage toll so far is wrought by only 200 years of human overpopulation playing games with the planet.
scott marlow
Here's a thought, let's not engineer ourselves into extinction. Glad to see nature being allowed to be itself.
Robin Baity
Natural hydrology has been proven to be much more beneficial in the long run than the perceived benefits the engineers concieved by taming and concrete-ing it. Great job
broomsterm
And how, pray tell, is the power that was lost now generated?
WootTootZoot
Hetch Hetchy next please.
coxy ofnewp
I came across the removal of the dam by total accident - And I just hope that more places learn from what has been done on the Elwha river.  Like it's said in one clip I seen about the project " We know allot more now about what a river does for us than what we did back when the dams were made!"  I like to think of the world as a Living Planet - and the rivers are like the veins of it. For the world to live we need to look after them and also other parts of it, eg the forests - the lungs. Our planet is a wonderful thing and I think we all take it to much for granted some times,including myself. Just happy to see that some people do care enough to make this project happen - just hope others learn from it,I know I will be a bit more thoughtful in future..
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20-5-2016 Timelapse A12 70 meter tunnel Time Lapse of Elwha River 2 days ago   03:20

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#RWSA12VEG moved 70 meter tunnel under highway in one weekend!! :)

Update 25-5-2017: Great achievement, but's so far it was all for nothing, because it's still closed for usage: http://www.gelderlander.nl/ede/deze-tunnel-onder-de-a12-is-een-jaar-oud-en-dichtgespijkerd~ae9c1f4f/