posted on May, 17 2010 @ 03:27 AM
Those look like pools. The one with the ring with the white looks like it is spraying. The one with the other ring does not.
I have seen evaporation pools in Waste treatment plants that are set up like this.
From the Wikipedia link on the Google Earth layout-
This is located right on Google Earth-
Columbia Generating Station
The Columbia Generating Station, a nuclear power station, is a uranium-fueled General Electric boiling water reactor located on the United States
Department of Energy Hanford Site, 12 miles (20 km) NW of Richland, Washington. Its site covers 1,089 acres (4.4 km²) of Benton County,
This plant is owned and operated by Energy Northwest, a consortium of Pacific Northwest public utilities. Energy Northwest's original name was the
Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS). Construction delays and cost over-runs for five planned WPPSS reactors drew considerable public and
media attention. Construction began in 1972, but more than a decade passed before it began generating power.
In the year 2000, WPPSS changed its name to Energy Northwest, and later the plant's name was changed from WNP-2 (Washington Nuclear Power unit number
2) to Columbia Generating Station. Of the five commercial reactors originally planned by WPPSS for the State of Washington, this reactor was the only
one completed (WNP-1 may yet be completed but WNP-4 and WNP-3 and WNP-5 were abandoned).
The reactor has performed well and provides Washington with 9% of the state's electrical generation capacity. With the 1992 retirement of Oregon's
Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, it is the only commercial nuclear power reactor remaining in the Pacific Northwest. The nearest operating reactor is the
Diablo Canyon Power Plant in central California. The plant's sole reactor is a General Electric Type 5. The plant had a new Westinghouse Electric
turbine-generator installed in 1999, which brought its output rating to 1,250 MWe.
The Columbia Generating Station features six low-profile fan-driven cooling towers. Each tower cascades warmed water, a byproduct of water heat
exchanging with steam after leaving a turbine, down itself and subsequently cools the warmed water via a combination of evaporation and heat exchange
with the surrounding air. Some water droplets fall back to earth in the process, thereby creating a hoar frost in the winter. At times, the vapor
cloud from the cooling towers can reach 10,000 feet (3 km) in height and can be seen at a great distance. Replacement water for the evaporated water
is drawn from the nearby Columbia River.
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Well, looks like this is a double OH WELL.
[edit on 5/17/2010 by endisnighe]