Tuesday, May 09, 2006

BAIJI DOLPHINS - Three Gorges Dam finished?

News from the BBC is that construction of the Three Gorges Dam is proceeding ahead of schedule and it will probably be complete by the end of the month.
Construction of China's is likely to be finished by 20 May, nine months ahead of schedule, according to state media reports.

But several generators will still have to be installed and the dam is expected to become fully operational in 2009.

Once completed the dam, begun in 1993, will become the world's largest hydroelectric power project.
In the mid 1990s, Michael Palin sailed through the site of the Three Gorges Dam on his "Full Circle" adventure. Astonishing to think how such a massive structure has sprung up there in the intervening years.

In other dolphin news, the BBC also reports that "Dolphins Have Names". Intruiging.
Dolphins communicate like humans by calling each other by "name", scientists in Fife have found.

The mammals are able to recognise themselves and other members of the same species as individuals with separate identities, using whistles.

St Andrews University researchers studying in Florida discovered bottlenose dolphins used names rather than sound to identify each other.