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Enormous New Dam Fails In Brazil
New Scientist ^ | 7-10-2006

Posted on 07/10/2006 8:15:34 PM PDT by blam

Enormous new dam fails in Brazil

10 July 2006
From New Scientist Print Edition.

GIANT cracks have opened in one of the world's tallest dams, just months after completion. The cracks appeared after a tunnel collapsed on 20 June beneath the 200-metre-high Campos Novos dam in southern Brazil, and the reservoir rapidly emptied. At one point, 4000 cubic metres of water (more than enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool) were rushing downstream every second towards a second dam on the river Canoas.

"If this had happened during the rainy season, and the two reservoirs had been full, water would likely have poured over the lower dam and it might have been destroyed. That would have been a major disaster, with perhaps hundreds killed," says Patrick McCully of the International Rivers Network, a California-based group that campaigns against large dams. Between them, the two dams can hold more than 2 cubic kilometres of water.

The dam's owner, Enercan, a consortium of Brazilian power companies, has revealed little about the accident. It is reported to have been trying to patch holes in a leaking tunnel since October, before the second tunnel failed catastrophically last month.


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1 posted on 07/10/2006 8:15:36 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Just dam!


2 posted on 07/10/2006 8:15:54 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("He hits me, he cries, he runs to the court and sues me.")
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To: blam
"GIANT cracks have opened in one of the world's tallest dams..."

Man, there is a Brazilian thong joke in there just waiting to pop out.

3 posted on 07/10/2006 8:17:27 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: blam

Bad day


4 posted on 07/10/2006 8:17:38 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: blam; Caipirabob; Cacique; xsmommy

5 posted on 07/10/2006 8:20:55 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: blam

And they lose to France in the World Cup.


6 posted on 07/10/2006 8:21:48 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: martin_fierro

Dang, how do you fix THAT?


7 posted on 07/10/2006 8:22:18 PM PDT by alancarp (NASCAR: Always turning left, but can never keep up with the Liber-commis.)
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To: blam
The dimensions of an Olympic pool are required to be 25 metres by 50 metres.

According to the rules of FINA.org, an Olympic pool should be 50 m long by 8 times 2.5 meter lanes with 2.5m outside lanes 1 and 8 (so 10*2.5 = 25m) - minimum depth 2m.
8 posted on 07/10/2006 8:24:12 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: blam

Here's a couple of larger photos of the dam:

http://www.irn.org/img/brazil_dams/campos_aerial1.jpg

http://www.irn.org/img/brazil_dams/campos_aerial2.jpg


9 posted on 07/10/2006 8:26:51 PM PDT by KS Flyover
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To: alancarp

< |:)~

10 posted on 07/10/2006 8:27:55 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: blam

Tests will show that the contractor was trying to pad his margins by using substandard concrete. He needed to do this so he could pay the graft to the politicians who made sure he won the contract and still make a Tbill type return.


11 posted on 07/10/2006 8:28:18 PM PDT by spyone
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To: spyone

Low bid. Always gets the gig. Think about that the next time you go over an overpass or a tall, tall bridge.


12 posted on 07/10/2006 8:30:00 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: martin_fierro; concretebob

Clean up on aisle 5!


13 posted on 07/10/2006 8:30:48 PM PDT by REDWOOD99
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To: sionnsar; blam
Dam.


Building simple structures is a matter, NOT of technology or government nor money nor bureaucracy, but of simple attention to details and quality.

Simple little things: you just have to pay attention to two million simple details all at once.


If it failed this way, it's also simple incompetence and/or corruption.
14 posted on 07/10/2006 8:33:05 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: blam; Paloma_55; Carry_Okie; dalereed; tubebender; forester; NormsRevenge; ElkGroveDan; ...
"...says Patrick McCully of the International Rivers Network, a California-based group that campaigns against large dams."

Well, I'll be dammed! I figured it'd be "Fiends of the River," (no, wait... Friends of the River, Inc.) instead of this little known bunch trying to get support from the big corporate developers of whitewater rafting in CA!!!

15 posted on 07/10/2006 8:34:23 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Memo To: Uncle Sam Re: Terrorists, Insurgents and Illegal Combatants...NoUniforms... No Prisoners!!!)
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To: alancarp

You don't.


16 posted on 07/10/2006 8:34:33 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Just dam!

Reminds me of a thread here about five years ago. It eas funny as hell.

17 posted on 07/10/2006 8:34:36 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: KS Flyover

18 posted on 07/10/2006 8:35:01 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Bush's Fault!!


19 posted on 07/10/2006 8:35:04 PM PDT by jjr153 (Never Forget 9/11)
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To: alancarp

"Dang, how do you fix THAT?"

Super glue?


20 posted on 07/10/2006 8:35:19 PM PDT by garjog
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To: martin_fierro

Good gracious; is the resevoir full behind that thing?


21 posted on 07/10/2006 8:36:22 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: martin_fierro

Holy crap. It's been a bad month for Brazil.


22 posted on 07/10/2006 8:37:18 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: alancarp

"Dang, how do you fix THAT?"


I'd say it's gonna take a lot of duct tape.


23 posted on 07/10/2006 8:37:22 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I will go down with this ship, and I won't put my hands up in surrender.)
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To: KS Flyover

Nice pics.


24 posted on 07/10/2006 8:37:28 PM PDT by Thombo2
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To: Howlin

I think the resevoir fills up on this side of the dam.


25 posted on 07/10/2006 8:37:39 PM PDT by spyone
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To: martin_fierro

"No, no, Duarte! It's two parts Quikrete and one part water!!"


26 posted on 07/10/2006 8:37:54 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (My head hurts.)
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To: KS Flyover

I'd bet that they did not let the cement cure. You can't just fill up the forms and say, "That's it." It takes many, many pours, in stages and phases to get the cement to cure properly.


27 posted on 07/10/2006 8:37:57 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: martin_fierro

Yikes!


28 posted on 07/10/2006 8:38:07 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: spyone

I guess I need to look at the picture again, huh? Thanks. :-)


29 posted on 07/10/2006 8:38:13 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Southack

Either that, or "Plumber's Crack!"


30 posted on 07/10/2006 8:39:26 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Memo To: Uncle Sam Re: Terrorists, Insurgents and Illegal Combatants...NoUniforms... No Prisoners!!!)
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To: Howlin

You're looking at the resevoir side. The little brown puddle is all that's left.


31 posted on 07/10/2006 8:39:26 PM PDT by jjr153 (Never Forget 9/11)
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To: Howlin

Buy the real estate this side of the dam...sell the real estate on the other side.


32 posted on 07/10/2006 8:39:37 PM PDT by spyone
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To: blam

That has GOT TO SUCK! All that work for not, I really feel bad for them.


33 posted on 07/10/2006 8:39:50 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: LdSentinal
"And they lose to France in the World Cup."

On top of that, if I'm not mistaken, French is Brazil's official language!!! No wonder!!!

34 posted on 07/10/2006 8:41:05 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Memo To: Uncle Sam Re: Terrorists, Insurgents and Illegal Combatants...NoUniforms... No Prisoners!!!)
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To: blam

That looks to be a concrete-over-fill dam. Essentially a big dirt coffer with a concrete coating over it.


35 posted on 07/10/2006 8:41:10 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: alancarp
Dang, how do you fix THAT?

Looks like a do-over if I've ever seen one.

36 posted on 07/10/2006 8:42:14 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit (Apparently, most who protest for peace do so at the expense of hygiene.)
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To: Texas Songwriter

Ok then, don't go near the new Oakland Bay Bridge when it's done!!!


37 posted on 07/10/2006 8:43:27 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Memo To: Uncle Sam Re: Terrorists, Insurgents and Illegal Combatants...NoUniforms... No Prisoners!!!)
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Patrick McCully of the International Rivers Network, a California-based group that campaigns against large dams.

What a really weird thing to be against; “large dams.” I guess that there is some group that is against just about anything nowadays.

38 posted on 07/10/2006 8:43:49 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Life is like a cow pasture, it's hard to get through without stepping in some mess. NRA.)
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Portuguese, sir, Portuguese is the language.

Some ole pope got a bit confused when he was dividing up the new world between Spain and Portugal.

Well, Spain decided to take what was WEST of the pope's dividing line, and Portugal got what was EAST of the dividing line .......


They just hadn't quite got the whole continent mapped out yet and didn't know Spain got most of the continent,and all of the gold and silver and slaves.
39 posted on 07/10/2006 8:47:21 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: garjog

Get a Dutch boy with a BIG finger!


40 posted on 07/10/2006 8:47:31 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: blam
The dam's owner, Enercan, a consortium of Brazilian power companies, has revealed little about the accident.

"You mean we shouldn't have contracted with my brother-in-law's samba school for steel reinforcements?"
41 posted on 07/10/2006 8:48:22 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: blam

That is shody work some contractors made off with a bundle!


42 posted on 07/10/2006 8:50:02 PM PDT by restornu (Could Harry Reid be a descendant of King Noah? Mosiah 7-29)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Members of the flat earth society.


43 posted on 07/10/2006 8:50:12 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Recovering Hermit
"Looks like a do-over if I've ever seen one."

Wull... It's never gonna be a "gimme!" Were you thinkin of a "Mulligan?"

44 posted on 07/10/2006 8:50:43 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Memo To: Uncle Sam Re: Terrorists, Insurgents and Illegal Combatants...NoUniforms... No Prisoners!!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici

They should have had Americans from North America do the job.


45 posted on 07/10/2006 8:51:03 PM PDT by mathurine (ua)
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To: blam
Enormous New Dam Fails In Brazil

New, more optimistic headline:

Brazil Unveils World's Largest Skate Park

46 posted on 07/10/2006 8:51:54 PM PDT by JennysCool (Roll out the Canarble Wagon!)
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To: blam
I heard the concrete was supplied by Ricardo Ramirez.
47 posted on 07/10/2006 8:52:17 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: jjr153
Holy frijole! I knew we should have paid for the soils engineering!
48 posted on 07/10/2006 8:53:11 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: SierraWasp

Brazilians speak Portugese.


49 posted on 07/10/2006 8:53:19 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: SierraWasp
"...if I'm not mistaken, French is Brazil's official language!!! No wonder!!!"

Try Portuguese..... Brazil is almost half of South America in population and almost half of South America in land area so think big.
50 posted on 07/10/2006 8:53:33 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (Pork barbeque, bacon, pork chops, sausage, ribs, ham, pork rinds are so good and so offensive to...)
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