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Down at the Dam

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These dams protect the villages of Mölltal from floods and collect water for the hydroelectric powerstation near Heiligenblut. Unlike today, at the end of the 19th century the Pasterze glacier reached down here.

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C: History of Pasterze

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H: Parking lot and visitors center

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I: Francz Josephs Hohe

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This panorama was taken in Austria, Europe

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