Grimsel Alpine Power Dam
Grimsel Pass, Bernese Alps, Switzerland
June 19, 2005 - about 7:30 UTC (8.30 local time)
© 2005 Erik Krause, All Rights Reserved.
Due to long daylight and best wheather forecast we left a bit later than usual and the dam we had to cross on our way to the climbing area was in full sunlight.
The dam and it's surroundings looked like a suitable subject for the theme 'Water'. The landscape was formed by the ice age glaciers and still is formed by rain, snow and ice. Water as a source for electric power...
The more than 70 year old dam will soon be part of (and possibly covered by) a larger dam which should help to store even more water not only melting from the glaciers but pumped up with cheap base load electric power. This electricity origins mostly from nuclear power stations that have to run all the time even if there is no need. Peak electricity is sold when there is more demand to a much higher price.
This raising of the dam will affect a very unique flora and fauna by destroing some hill moor areas and some occurrences of the rare swiss stone pine. http://grimselverein.ch (german only) struggles for preservation or compensation of these areas.