Here's the White Salmon River returning to it's natural course after about 100 years (thanks to an exploding dam!):

Explosive Breach of Condit Dam from Andy Maser on Vimeo.

Preeeetttty neat. The idea is to restore the river and its surroundings to a more natural state for the wildlife. And also, I hope, for the sake of exploding something.

(io9 via National Geographic.)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

Wow! I am so for more natural waterway restoration, especially if it involves more explosions.

posted on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 6:14pm
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

You beat me to it, JGordon, but you didn't highlight my favorite "fun fact" about this event:

"It may look strangely placid from this vantage point, but no humans were on hand to witness the explosion, as the shock wave would be enough to cause onlookers to bleed out of their ears."

If that doesn't impress, than I'm not sure what will.

posted on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 2:07pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:


I wondered about that, though—it didn't look like that big of an explosion. But I suppose the scale is sort of hard to figure out there. Also, I don't actually know anything about explosions.

posted on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 4:56pm

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