2005-11-29 Hoover Dam

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (6)

nordhäuser on September 20, 2006

I have heard before about this dam, is it famous because of something?

David Croucher on September 23, 2006

When it was built, the Hoover Dam was the world's biggest and an engineering marvel - which it still is! It holds back the enormous Lake Meade and has a wonderful Visitor Center.

It was meant to stop the terrible flash flooding downstream, and to supply water to farmers as well as hydro-electric power to the area.

Today, there's tension between the different uses: HEP needs a full reservoir to give most power, but then there's not enough space to take the flood water and there's a risk of over-topping the dam. With the water level at a record low (not enough rain!) each use type is demanding priority. If that wasn't enough, nearby Las Vegas and Reno have grown huge in the last 40 years and would like both water and power from the dam. They're not entitled to any, until the contract runs out. Soon...

David Croucher on September 23, 2006

INTERESTING... Right now there's a new bridge and access road being build to bypass the road across the dam. You can see the approaches being constructed if you zoom right into the Google Earth overhead picture.

Because it's only two lanes wide and it's on a major routeway, the old road became a bottleneck soon after the dam was completed. A replacement has become a desperate need in the last decade.

Visit the Hoover Dam Bypass website to keep up to date: www.hooverdambypass.org/

nordhäuser on September 23, 2006

Thanks for your nice explanation David ;)

Oleg Lomov on December 16, 2006

сюжет и композиция - ок! но где же резкость?:))

David Croucher on October 12, 2010

The bridge is now completed; from 2010-10-16 when it's open for a special walking tour, you should be able to see dam photos from a new angle until the bridge opens to traffic in November and good photos will be difficult to get (no foot access).

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 19, 2006
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by David Croucher
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix S9500
    • Taken on 2005/11/29 16:06:28
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/170)
    • Focal Length: 66.70mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash