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© Deborah Downes
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Located in Umbria, near Terni, Cascata della Marmore (Marmore’s Falls) is the largest man-made waterfall in the world. This three tiered falls, the longest 83 m (272 feet), drops a total of 165 m (541 feet). In 271 BC the Roman consul Manlius Curius Dentatus ordered the construction of a canal to redirect the flow of the Velino River into the natural cliff at Marmore. At that time the river fed a wetland that was thought to cause sickness (most likely malaria) in the nearby city of Rieti. The newly constructed canal solved the wetland problem, but threatened the city of Terni when the river reached flood stage. A major rift developed between the two cities and grew to where the Roman Senate had to get involved in 54 BC. They didn’t solve anything.

Over the centuries three Popes ordered construction of a new canal, each time hoping to solve flooding problems. The third attempt, thanks to architect Andrea Vici in 1787 modifying the leaps below the falls to their present appearance resolved most of the problems. For nearly 50 years the waters of Marmore Waterfalls are used to fuel a hydroelectric power plant. For the power plants operational needs and to satisfy tourists the fall is turned on at scheduled times, creating an incredible effect at full flow. I had great fun snapping pictures of this event as Fred and I made our way down the long, wet and winding staircase from the top of the falls to the bottom. This is one of the close-up shots I took of the top tier of the falls.

36 responses

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    voted!

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    Great picture, voted!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    Wonderful texture and abstraction in this --it's almost turning to ice. Voted!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    Mmmm.... water.... ;-) GMV.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    Awesome shot, Deb! Voted Perhaps this is Italy's version of TVA.

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    Perfect for the theme! Vote

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    The sheer volume of water must make the noise deafening! A fabulous capture, definitely voted!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    An enthusiastic YES

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    **voted** Gorgeous blue frenzy!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    This is perfect for the theme!! Awesome shot.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    Such a powerful force! Excellent capture! voted.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (17 Sep 2010):

    WOW!!! Incredible image!! Big YES from me!!! :))

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 Sep 2010):

    Perfect entry.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (18 Sep 2010):

    My vote for certain ,,fabulous Deborah

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly gave props (18 Sep 2010):

    powerful.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 Sep 2010):

    A perfect entry Deborah!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (18 Sep 2010):

    A stunning abstract!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 Sep 2010):

    Gorgeous capture!...Perfect Frenzy theme! You have my vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Sep 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (22 Sep 2010):

    Excellent entry for the theme, Deborah.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (22 Sep 2010):

    wow, amazing shot. My vote

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (22 Sep 2010):

    Outstanding entry for the theme! Voted!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (23 Sep 2010):

    Perfect liquid entry, voted.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (23 Sep 2010):

    Oh, YES........

  • MARCO MEYO

    MARCO MEYO   gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    Molto.... Molto Bello!!...

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (5 Oct 2010):

    Powerful !!! Voted !

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (7 Oct 2010):

    Stunning and every other adjective above, I agree with. Perfect.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    fantastic capture

  • Woj

    Woj gave props (12 Oct 2010):

    awesome shot, voted

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (19 Oct 2010):

    got my vote

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (28 Oct 2010):

    My vote!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Nov 2010):

    fantastic!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (14 Nov 2010):

    This is totally awesome!! I say Rad!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (18 Nov 2010):

    This is amazing! I can't imagine 272 feet! Wow!

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda   gave props (15 Jan 2011):

    Muy buena fotografia...!! mi voto

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (30 Jan 2011):

    GREAT photo of frenzy and energy...LOVE to read about what I am looking at....it certainly enhances the viewers experience...Voted

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