Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Photos of the Week - The Flooding of The Yangtze

In the Summer of 2006, I took a cruise from Chongqing to Yichang via the famed Three Gorges. It was a pretty cool trip.

At the time I was there, the dam had not pushed the water to the level that it is now. I'm glad I saw the area before the water-level was its final 175 meters. The gorges were a bit taller and more dramatic and there were a few instances where I could see what would eventually be consumed by the time 175 meters was achieved.

Here are a few photos highlighting the water-level and its eventual rise:





5 comments:

Hopfrog said...

Oh man I laughed when I saw that third picture. There is a billboard for China Mobile there and we were just talking about CM today. We like to research stocks on Wednesdays (Yeah, we goof off a lot) and have a stock picking contest. Well today someone mentioned CM and when I pulled up the financial information on Google Finance http://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE%3ACHL

we noticed it had a net income of $122 billion dollars last year. Now we look at a lot of stocks and we have never seen a company post a higher net income in 2008. We spent the next hour trying to find anything close to it. We checked all the American juggernauts like Exxon Mobil, Intel, J&J and even the two biggest oil exporters in Saudi Arabia and South America, nothing could touch China Mobile.

Too funny, I bring up a Matrix quote when you had just watched it that week and now I see the China Mobile sign on your blog after we spent a good hour talking about it today.

Mark said...

That is crazy, Hopfrog. We seem to have some kind of connection going on over the Pacific these days....

I've always loved that picture. I think the title of it should be - "The Flooding of the Three Gorges, Brought to You By China Mobile"

I didn't realize that China Mobile is the giant it is. Amazing numbers...

Hopfrog said...

ROFL, thats funny man, yeah the only thing that pic is missing is some ancient statue or relic that is about to be submerged.

I have a correction to make. We had assumed because we got those numbers from Google Finance that they had already been converted to USD. Turns out that was CNY which converts to a USD of $15 billion. That is still a huge number and well above a lot of major American companies, but Exxon Mobil set an all time record last year with a net income of $45 billion. Sorry for the confusion.

Also since you went down the river before its full rise I gotta tell you about a movie you absolutely must see if you haven't already. Its called "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress". A wonderful film which has tie ins with the rise of the river.

Lydia said...

would i be able to use one of these photos for a presentation i have?
i would definitely credit you.... they are really wonderful.

Mark said...

Go for it, Lydia! Am glad you enjoyed the pictures.