Dams avert mudflows in Soviet Union

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  • Anonymous


Abstract

Soviet experiments have shown that disasters brought on by massive slides of mud after heavy mountain rains or rapid snowmelt may be averted. A constant watch on water levels in mountain rivers provides early warning of sharp water level rises. Morainal lakes, often the source of mudflows, are also watched carefully.

Man-made springboards can help mudflows actually jump over roads until they can be stopped further down stream by other protective devices or dams such as the one built in the pastures of Medeo to protect Alma Ata, the capital of Kazakhstan, a Soviet Asian republic.

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