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Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi river between what are now Zambia and Zimbabwe, is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. It was formed by the Kariba dam, about 400 km downstream from Victoria Falls, which was started in 1955, over the opposition of the local people, who called on Nyaminyami, the river god, to help them. A number of calamities, including a 1000-year flood, attended the construction, but the dam was finished in 1958, forming Lake Kariba and generating electricity for the Rhodesian colonies.

The building of the lake was a social disaster for the Batonka Tonga people, whose relocation was poorly planned and which has since been studied as a model of disruption. The evacuation and relocation of wildlife was more successful; Operation Noah, as it was called, captured and relocated over 5,000 animals, including lion and rhino. The weight of the water is also said to be responsible for a number of earthquakes over 5 on the Richter scale.

On the other hand, the lake has spawned a commercial fishing industry, and has become a major tourism center - at least before the Zimbabwe tourist industry collapsed under the government's overall mishandling of the economy. When we were in 2001, there were already signs of economic problems.

This view of the lake shows the sun going down behind the Zambian hills, and also the remains of the mopane trees that were drowned when the lake formed. Mopane is an extremely dense wood, and these trees are probably still there now, 50 years later.

Technical: One of my more successful scans of a film print (all things are relative!). I used Noiseware to sharpen and reduce scanning noise, and also cloned out a few artifacts. Slight cropping.

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