June 01
And So It Begins

As I'm writing this, the waters upstream of the Three Gorges Dam Project are rising as much as a meter a day. By the end of June, the level is expected to reach the 135-meter mark.

If you've gone through the pictures in the gallery, many of the features along the water's edge are now underwater and will never be seen again. For much of the demolished buildings, you might argue that's not much of a loss. But the archeological loss is priceless, as is the loss of many hundreds of miles of beautiful coast.

Considering the silty nature of the river, it will only take a handful of decades for the whole area to be silted into a huge mud-flat...