This is a beautifully detailed, laser engraved and precision cut topographical Map of Chatuge Lake in North Carolina with the following interesting stats carved into it:
7000 Surface Acres
13 Miles Long
Named after a nearby Cherokee settlement
Chatuge Dam is an earth-and-rock dam 144 feet high and 2,850 feet long. The construction of Chatuge Dam and its reservoir required the purchase of 11,641 acres of land, 1,904 acres of which had to be cleared. 278 families, 532 graves, and 40 miles of roads (including part of US Route 54) had to be relocated. Tennessee Valley Authority kept the dam's design simple and relied on basic building materials (i.e., earth and rock) in order to complete the dam as quickly as possible in hopes of allowing the reservoir to collect the 1941-1942 winter rains. The dam was constructed of impervious earthen fill fortified on both sides by riprap. The spillway was the only major part of the dam that required concrete. Since the reservoir would fill slowly and create mosquito-breeding environments, various measures were taken to prevent malaria outbreaks.
(Not all of this information made it onto the map, we just love to read up on the lakes we design).
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