Located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (see http://tinyurl.com/l6zwpew), a non volcanic mountain disgorges smoke and toxic gases into the clean desert air. The cause is a deep coal fire that started millennia ago that releases the toxic fumes that rise through fractures in the Cretaceous sandstones above. The rocks are the relics of the ancient shoreline of the inland sea that cut north America in half during the Mesozoic, recording the oscillations of marine and coastal sediments as it oscillated in size.
Image credit: David Rankin via EPOD
Power II | Shelocta, PA
Keystone Generating Station
You may remember a shot from this same vantage point that I posted several weeks ago. The night that I shot Power, it was insanely windy, raining/snowing and the sky was full of blowing clouds. The very next night, I returned to the spot to shoot again. This night, it was cold, calm and clear. The very cold temperatures were keeping the steam low in the sky which was perfect for a long exposure. I really wanted to capture the stars in the sky above the power plant too, so shooting a 20 second exposure, I was able to do that with minimal star trails. I would have loved to have gone longer, but would have blurred the stars too much because of their motion across the sky.
- At the time the Keystone Generating Station was constructed, it’s steam turbines were the largest generating units in the world.
- The plant was the first to be built away from a significant source of cooling water. The Keystone Dam was constructed a short distance away to provide cooling water year-round.
- The cooling towers at Keystone mark one of the most significant of early environmental controls on large power plants in the world.
Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra eyes.
Colorful. And expensive.
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On April 5, 1999 a new directive was issued requiring an annual report to summarize the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emitted from power generation facilities. It is essential to analyze current operating protocols to ensure maximum efficiency is obtained within a power plant facility. Based on the market analysis and supporting documentation of existing facilities, these plants are in fact trying to change their operating practices to produce cleaner energy. It is our responsibility and not government in assisting utilities in obtaining sound practical and cost effective solutions.