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May 06, 2010

Giant Alberta Beaver Dam Is Visible From Space

By Chad Love

There's a giant beaver dam in Alberta, Canada. How big? Big enough to be visible...from space.
 
From this story in The Ottawa Globe and Mail:
Experts say beavers have been busy since mid-70s, building what’s believed to be largest known dam on earth. Ottawa ecologist Jean Thie located the dam using NASA and Google satellite technology in October 2007, posting it online, but only recently has it grabbed the world's attention. The dam is situated in northern Alberta's Wood Buffalo National Park and stretches about 850 metres, more than eight football fields long. Mr. Thie has told reporters the beavers who laid the foundation for the dam likely got busy building in the mid-1970s. Alerted to global media's beaver fever, a park spokesman had rangers fly over the area to investigate because the area isn't accessible by any roads or streams. The dam is now being pegged as the largest known habitat of its kind on earth, beating a 652-metre structure in Three Forks, Montana.

Let the bad "that's a damn big dam" jokes commence...

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from Arlo269 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

BP should hire those Beavers to keep the oil contained? They could do a better job????

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from VAHunter540 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Why arent they featured on the TV series "Ax-Men"? Gotta be better entertainment then the guys on there.

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from Dann wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Leave the dam beavers alone!
Bet they don't have a dam license.
and one more...
All that publicity, there goes the dam neighborhood!

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Haha Dann,
some of the trees those beavers are cutting down today where saplings when the dam started thats pretty amazing. with my experience with beavers they can damn up a stream pretty quick making water flow low does this 1 do that or is the river to big?

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from MaxPower wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

My first thought; 'I wonder how much Tannerite I'd need to blow that one up?'

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from IsaiahB wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Also lets not forget Damn that Dam.

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from shane wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Concerning the size of the dam: DAMN!

What did the beaver say when he hit his head on a wall? DAM!

What did the beaver say when his pond was leaking? DAM IT!

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from shane wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Arlo - Dam right they could!

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Wonder how many beavers worked on it?

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from jakenbake wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Um... isn't just about everything visible from outer space given our satellite technology today? Go to Google Earth and you can zoom all the way in to the parking lot at work and find your car - and that's just the technology LETS us have!

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from labrador12 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

When I was working for the Canadian Wildlife Service doing a disturbance study on the most northern White Pelican Colony in North America for the Alberta Tar Sands ecological study, we almost lost a years production from the birds because of a beaver dam. The beavers damned the out flow from the lake the colony was on, shrinking the nesting island. We took out the dam. It seems other species than homo sapiens can cause havoc in the environment!! Who knew??

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Damn beavers.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Sounds like the Canadians have a whole new kind of Beaver Fever these days....

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from Dann wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

I believe I can safely state there is no way anyone could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic. You gotta love them dam beavers!

...Couldn't resist one more.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

I'm trying to teach myself taxidermy. Hopefully I'll be stuffing a beaver this weekend.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

pbshooter1217,
A damn lot of them.

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from Arlo269 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

BP should hire those Beavers to keep the oil contained? They could do a better job????

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dann wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Leave the dam beavers alone!
Bet they don't have a dam license.
and one more...
All that publicity, there goes the dam neighborhood!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from jakenbake wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Um... isn't just about everything visible from outer space given our satellite technology today? Go to Google Earth and you can zoom all the way in to the parking lot at work and find your car - and that's just the technology LETS us have!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Sounds like the Canadians have a whole new kind of Beaver Fever these days....

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dann wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

I believe I can safely state there is no way anyone could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic. You gotta love them dam beavers!

...Couldn't resist one more.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from VAHunter540 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Why arent they featured on the TV series "Ax-Men"? Gotta be better entertainment then the guys on there.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Haha Dann,
some of the trees those beavers are cutting down today where saplings when the dam started thats pretty amazing. with my experience with beavers they can damn up a stream pretty quick making water flow low does this 1 do that or is the river to big?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from MaxPower wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

My first thought; 'I wonder how much Tannerite I'd need to blow that one up?'

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from IsaiahB wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Also lets not forget Damn that Dam.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from shane wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Concerning the size of the dam: DAMN!

What did the beaver say when he hit his head on a wall? DAM!

What did the beaver say when his pond was leaking? DAM IT!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from shane wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Arlo - Dam right they could!

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Wonder how many beavers worked on it?

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from labrador12 wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

When I was working for the Canadian Wildlife Service doing a disturbance study on the most northern White Pelican Colony in North America for the Alberta Tar Sands ecological study, we almost lost a years production from the birds because of a beaver dam. The beavers damned the out flow from the lake the colony was on, shrinking the nesting island. We took out the dam. It seems other species than homo sapiens can cause havoc in the environment!! Who knew??

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Damn beavers.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

I'm trying to teach myself taxidermy. Hopefully I'll be stuffing a beaver this weekend.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

pbshooter1217,
A damn lot of them.

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