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Watch: A wind turbine goes up in Rhode Island
Strong winds make for a great place to operate a wind turbine but a lousy location to put one up.
Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM
Photo: Altamont, Manitoba wind turbine construction | Loozrboy/Flickr
Modern wind turbines are truly a sight to behold, rising hundreds of feet off the ground, their massive blades slowly churning through the air. They are almost other-worldly. I have stood under towering turbines on a wind farm in Wyoming and marveled at both their power and silence, with nothing but a faint woosh to mark their place.
If you have ever wondered how wind turbines are assembled, take a little time for yourself and watch this video, preferably on full screen. NatGeo's Sean Riley traveled to Rhode Island to film the construction of a 115 ton wind turbine. It's pretty durned impressive.
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