Posted by: Jason | December 14, 2009


We missed our shot to see a Yangtze River Dolphin (Baiji) by two and a half years – they were officially declared extinct in the summer of 2007.  The river has changed fundamentally in the last decade, and not just in a dolphin-related way.  In 1996, for example, the Three Gorges Dam was just beginning to fill its 400-km reservoir, and the water level upstream from the dam had risen only 10 meters (about 30 feet) above the previous, non-dam year.  Because of a drought this year, the water is a little lower than the Chinese government would like it to be – but that lower-than-they’d-like level is still 170 meters above 1995 levels.  That’s over 500 feet deeper than fourteen years ago.  Five hundred.  So when I post pictures later and they make you ooh and aah, think about what 500 less feet of water would do to those photos.


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