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Tallulah Falls Dam

Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

September 22, 2005 Early Afternoon

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© 2005 Sacha Griffin, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

You are viewing the Tallulah Gorge Dam which was completed in 1912 to provide hydroelectric power for Atlanta. Electricity is created by diverting water at the top left of the dam into a 6,666 foot long tunnel cut through solid rock. This tunnel takes the water to the power plant further down the gorge. The present day output of the power station is 72,00 kilowatts.

Before the dam, the town of Tallulah Falls was a major tourist attraction. Thousands of people a week came via the Tallulah Gorge Railroad to see the "Niagara of the South" and its magnificent waterfalls.

Today, the gorge is still one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., being two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors have access to miles of trails and several overlooks, such as this one, and can obtain a free permit to reach the gorge floor. Currently, Georgia Power has a schedule of aesthetic water releases, offering a historic glimpse of the Tallulah River as it flowed before the building of the dam.

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En esta fotografía se puede apreciar la Represa del Cañón de Talullah, cuya construcción fue completada en 1912, para proveer de energía electrica a Atlanta. La electricidad es producida al desviar el agua desde la parte superior izquierda de la represa, hacia el tunel de 6,666 pies de largo que atraviesa la solida roca. El agua viaja por medio de este tunel a la planta ubicada en la parte baja del cañón. En la actualidad la producción de esta estación es de 72,000 kilowats.

Antes de la represa, el pueblo de Tallulah Falls fue una importante atracción turística. Miles de personas por semana venían a la zona, utilizando el Ferrocarril del Cañón de Tallulah para apreciar el "Niagara del Sur" y su mangnifico salto de agua.

Hoy, el cañón continua siendo uno de los más espectaculares en el este de los Estados Unidos, con 2 millas de largo y cerca de 1,000 pies de profunidad. Los visitantes tienen acceso a millas de senderos y varios miradores, como el usado desde esta fotografía, y pueden obtener un permiso gratuito para llegar hasta la parte inferior del cañón. Actualmente, la Compañía Georgia Power tiene un horario para abrir la represa y liberar el agua, ofreciendo de esta forma un vistazo histórico del río Tallulah, tal y como fluía antes de la construcción de la represa.

Music by Chris Griffin

Recorded at Griffin Mastering, Atlanta, GA
http://www.southern-digital.com/qtvr/tallulahgorge.html
http://www.southern-digital.com/simpleviewer/gallery.php?gallery=Tallulah
http://ngeorgia.com/parks/tallulah.html
http://gastateparks.org/info/tallulah/
http://www.southerncompany.com/gapower/lakes/hydro.asp
http://jwilson.coe.uga.edu/EMT668/EMAT6680.2000/Westmoreland/CTL/CTL.html

http://www.southern-digital.com

Location

USA-Canada / USA-Georgia

Lat: 34° 44' 22.44" N
Long: 83° 23' 43.18" W

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

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Equipment

20D, sigma 8mm, panosaurus, gitzo explorer, helpful wife
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