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(September 19-23, 2007)

F. Sean Bickford

Where Highway 61 Ends/Begins

Claudia Betschart

Hydropower Plant Birsfelden

Birsfelden, just upstream of Basel, Switzerland

September 22, 2007 (around 17:30 local time)

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Sustenance - the first expression that came to my mind in this context was "sustainable energy". So I went to the hydroelectric power plant in Birsfelden to take my panorama. It is located just a little upstream of the city of Basel, in the river Rhine. The four turbines located in the buildings with the zigzag roof produce 17% of the electricity used in the Greater Basel Region.
Due to it's geographical location Switzerland is in the privileged situation to produce 60% of the electricity by hydropower plants. Hydroelectricity has many advantages over other energy sources (no release of CO2, no waste). But as every energy source, it also has it's down-sides and impact on nature. Just mentioning one example, the weir crossing the river blocks any traffic across this line, including migration of fish. To sustain the migration of fish a fish-ladder has been installed. The road on top of the weir is open for walking and bicycles, sustaining a connection across the river.

Europe / Switzerland

Lat: 47° 33' 37.67" N
Long: 7° 37' 31.87" E

Elevation: 255 m

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Hardware: Nikon FM3 on Nodal Ninja SPH-1i, very cheap low-weight tripod, Sigma 8mm fisheye lens, slide film scanned on Nikon Coolscan 5000
Software: PTGui, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Pano2QTVR

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