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.

Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

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.