Title: 1.21 Gigawatts!?!?!

Capture Date/Time: September 12 2009 10:32
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: 14-24mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S Zoom-Nikkor
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F/11 - 1/500 sec
ISO: 200
Flash: None

Here is an up close shot of the giant cooling tower at the Michigan City Power Plant. At first I was shocked that it would be located right next to the populated Lighthouse Premium Shopping Outlets, Indiana Dunes, and even a skateboard/BMX park. I found out that the plant only uses coal, which is probably why they would allow these things to be so close by. If the plant was nuclear, I bet that would be an entirely different story! What I found to be the most interesting part about this structure was how the base was surrounded by water jets which looked like a mist generating waterfall.

3 commentsAdd yours

09.17.09/10:39 AM Alexa said:

I was wondering if this was nuclear and if so how you got so close! Thanks for the commentary explaining the shot.

Interesting that all the vegetation around the base is so brown. A little freaky, don't you think?

10.02.09/02:03 AM Marie said:

I've driven by there several times and always thought it was nuclear. Very unusual. Glad you found out the story.

03.08.10/07:56 PM Elliot said:

If the plant were nuclear, it still wouldn't matter. All these towers do is shed excess heat by running water through pipes along the inside. The steam is just condensation, and the actual reactor water is several levels removed (i.e., it transfers heat through pipe walls to other water, which transfers heat to other water through other pipes, etc.)