Upper and Lower Lake Grimsel
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Upper and Lower Lake Grimsel

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Grimselsee or Lake Grimsel is an artificial lake near Grimsel pass in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland. With a volume of 95 mio m?, it is larger than other hydroelectric reservoirs in the region: Oberaarsee, Räterichsbodensee and Gelmersee. The dam was completed in 1932 and is operated by Kraftwerke Oberhasli AG (KWO). It is located in the municipality of Guttannen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimselsee

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A: The Oberaar dam near Grimsel

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B: Sidelhorn (2764m) gigapixel version

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C: The cascade at grimsel lake

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D: The Oberaar road at Grimsel

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E: The Oberaar glacier near Grimsel

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F: First Snow on Lake Grimsel Dam

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G: Grimsel Alpine Power Dam

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H: Grimsel Hospiz

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I: Raterichsbodensee

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J: Grimselpass Gletsch Furka Rhonegletscher

by Dieter Hofer, 5.3 km away

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