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As world attention focuses on the daily slaughter in Iraq, a devastating disaster is impending in the north of the country, where the wall of a dam holding back the Tigris river north of Mosul city is in danger of imminent collapse."It could go at any minute," says a senior aid worker who has knowledge of the struggle by US and Iraqi engineers to save the dam. "The potential for disaster is very great.
Originally posted by carnival_of_souls2047
Golly, I hope they get some guys over there and caulk that up before it's too late. I certainly would not want to pay the tab on that engineering nightmare. I do sincerely hope that the innocent people of Mosul aren't wholesaled slaughtered by something retarded like a mismanaged dam facility.
The dam was built between 1980 and 1984 and has long been known to be in a dangerous condition because of unstable bedrock. "The dam was constructed on a foundation of marls, soluble gypsum, anhydrite, and karstic limestone that are continuously dissolving," said specialists at the US embassy in a statement. "The dissolution creates an increased risk for dam failure."