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Photos: A view of Grand Coulee

The scope of the Grand Coulee Dam is so large that there are viewing platforms for miles around.
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Grand Coulee from side

The scope of the Grand Coulee Dam is so large that there are viewing platforms for miles around, all with terrific views of the mile-long dam.

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Columbia flows

The Grand Coulee Dam holds back the Columbia River and creates massive amounts of power from the water's flow. Here, the Columbia flows away from the dam.

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Giant lasers

Inside a booth at the visitors center, four giant lasers project the light show onto the dam each day at 10 p.m.

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Flood lights

The dam is so large that to light it at night requires a gigantic bank of floodlights.

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Power generator

The Grand Coulee Dam includes three power generators. The second generator is visible on the left side of the image.

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Soldier

Every night, visitors to the Grand Coulee Dam can watch a 37-minute laser light show accompanied by an audio history of the dam. This image of a soldier is intended to illustrate how power from the dam helped the World War II effort.

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Postcard

Inside the Grand Coulee Dam visitors center are various posters and bits of memorabilia from the dam's early years. This is a blow-up of a post-card celebrating the dam.

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