31 Oct '11, 4am
River Runs Free After Dramatic Dam Explosion (Video)
There may be no more potent symbol of our propensity to manipulate nature than a dam -- and perhaps no greater testament to changing attitudes than in knocking them down. For nearly a century, Washington's Condit Dam strangled the White Salmon River, forming a lake which profoundly reshaped the landscape and tipped the local ecosystem's delicate balance, that is, until last week. In what may be the most dramatic dam removal operation ever caught on film, engineers blew a hole in the Condit Dam, unleashing a torrent water and setting the stage for the river to return to normalcy.