dam's concrete footwall has been reduced to rubble and the concrete erosion caps cut into pieces in recent months.It almost appears as if the Mosul dam is being prepared for demolition as the
This image is from Time.com
Would it "strengthen" the dam to remove the concrete at it's base?
I don't see how it would?
Watch the video at VOA as the concrete is demolished- This is the low water level side of the dam.Behind that wall is the water being held back- To the left we see what appears to be the power generating operation? (If I'm understand this correctly?)
( I can't embed the video, so go to the link. Can't say why, but, it just won't show)
You can see the concrete demolition taking place very briefly- as the talking head claims repairs are being done. Except repairs cannot be taking place, because the "repair" contract was only finalized a very short time ago and work camps were in the process of being set up.
Yet, another image: The Grouting Tunnel- grouting gallery referenced by commenter
|Employees are working to strengthen the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq [Azad Lashkari/Reuters]|
"The dam was built by an Italian-German consortium and started operating in 1986. Because of the high proportion of gypsum in the area, the construction included a grouting tunnel to allow almost constant injection of cement and drilling mud into crevices in the base that are widened by the water flowing through them"If we understand that regular maintenance of the dam, as with any dam, would be absolutely required! We then understand why the dam would be constructed with this grouting tunnel The grouting tunnel, was a design feature, built into the tunnel to specifically address the maintenance that was required. This was not incompetence or corruption. As a matter of fact this was competent engineering considering the locale. This was what had to be done, given the geological base/location for the dam.
Recall in a previous post the times the maintenance of the dam fell to the wayside?
1-When the US applied harsh sanctions on the US. (the Iraqis came up with an alternative solution to keep the dam maintained)
2-When the US attacked Iraq
3- Allegedly for two weeks in 2014 when "ISIS" took control of the dam two years ago- Since that time the dam has been in NATO/Kurdish hands
|Repairs? That's the claim? But the Italian engineering firm isn't at work yet. So, what are we really looking at?|
Since a 'culprit' must be blamed perhaps this unusual and timely earthquake risk assessment released in November of 2015 could shed some light. November 2015- Yup, a timely assessment!
Difficulty of Predicting Earthquakes in Mosul Dam
Have a look at that information. November 2015 earthquake assessment?
If you want to go down a rabbit hole then we can talk about the Assyrians. I've mentioned this before. The followers of Judaism have a biblical grudge with the Assyrians. And that area of Iraq was the heart of the Assyrian empire....
Before I forget... if you want to take the express elevator to the bottom of the rabbit hole you'll want to read everything by Brandon Smith and Ken Stephens.
Baghdad has been preoccupied- and the US has already moved on Mosul with the Kurds
DOD ISIL Campaign Shifts Toward Taking Mosul and Raqqa
The U.S. commander of all troops in the Middle East, Central Command's General Joseph Votel, arrived in Baghdad Thursday on an unannounced visit for meetings on how the war against ISIS is progressing.CNN is the only television network on the military plane carrying Votel, a four-star general, to the Middle East to meet with his commanders, the troops and regional military officials.
Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and gunshots in the air as hundreds of anti-government protesters stormed Baghdad's heavily secured Green Zone on Friday. Several demonstrators, mostly supporters of powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, were wounded as the crowd rushed the prime minister's office and the parliament building.All my previous posts on Mosul DamFrom oldest to latest!
** Mosul Dam Set to Fail- Intentional Take Down? Disaster Capitalism to the Extreme?.
At that time I wrote that no matter how the dam failed, if it failed it was the fault of the US. Period!