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I've shot this pine forest and this path falling down the lake of Serre Ponçon, close to Gap (see relative notes :Quietude of Charance

(The following text "Historical notes" is the property of the web site : http://www.serre-poncon.com/indexgb.html)

HISTORICAL NOTES
"Before the lake and the dam

The Durance, a tributary of the Rhône, has the most powerful flow of any river in France. 55% of its water comes from melted snow. The region suffered from seasonal flooding and water shortages. The idea of "taming" the Durance became clearer in 1843 and 1856, when catastrophic flooding ravaged the Avignon area.

The Serre-Ponçon dam

A dam would prevent flooding, provide reliable irrigation and make use of the power of the Durance. 1500 people had to be moved when Lake Serre-Ponçon was filled with water. The project was established by the engineer Ivan Wilhe in 1895. With the help of the EDF and the Ministry of Agriculture, construction started in 1955 and finished in 1961. It required 3000 workmen, 19 million m3 of materials and a 120-m high embankment. The 2800-hectare reservoir holds 1270 million m3 of water and supplies 15 hydroelectric power stations, 10% of France's generating capacity."

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