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Rare Footage of Ilısu: The Dam That Will Flood Homes and History Across Southern Turkey

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August 22, 2013, National Geographic Newswatch

Since it was first proposed by Turkey’s State Water Works in 1954, the Ilısu Dam has had a troubled history.

In 1982, the hydroelectric dam was incorporated into Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP): a regional development plan consisting of 19 hydroelectric plants and 22 dams. It was slated for construction on the Tigris River, in a village of a few hundred people.

But controversy soon erupted around the project. In addition to the village of Ilısu, the 10.4 billion-cubic-meter reservoir created by the dam would flood 400 kilometers of Tigris ecosystem, displace more than 25,000 people, and flood 300 archeological sites, including the 12,000-year-old town of Hasankeyf.

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August 24, 2013 at 12:03 am

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Turkish Town Has Hosted 12,000 Years of Human History & Stunning Biodiversity

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August 6, 2013, National Geographic Newswatch

Almost nowhere in the world is human history as densely layered as it is in Hasankeyf.

Strange sights greet its visitors: thousands of caves carved into limestone cliffs, children playing on the remains of a gargantuan medieval bridge, the towering minaret of a 15th-century mosque.

The first known inhabitants of this place on the banks of the Tigris River in Southeastern Turkey settled here in Neolithic times, 12,000 years ago.

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August 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

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