Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monticello Dam has the largest drain hole in the world

Located in northern California, the Monticello Dam’s is the largest morning glory spillway all over the world. This funnel-shaped outlet, allows water to bypass the dam when it reaches capacity, as it swallows a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second (1370 m³/s).

The distance from the funnel to the exit point - which is situated in the south side of the canyon - is about 700 feet.
According to Davis Wiki, "for obvious reasons, swimming near the glory hole is both prohibited and stupid. There are buoys strung across the lake to discourage boaters and swimmers from approaching the glory hole and the dam. Furthermore, the glory hole is well fenced off from the land.".

Finally, you can take a look at the hole on Google Maps

1 comment:

  1. has anyone ever tried to experiment the hole like for instance. having a metal line and sending some machine to explore what goes through it and were it goes out.


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