Endless Blue – Week 90.1 – Flotsam: It’ipui Dam on I’uaza Falls   Leave a comment

Architecture

It’ipu Dam on I’uaza Falls

Properly named It’ipui’uaza, this construct is located to the south of the Lumulus Basin, along a spread of mountains in the Spine of the World.  It is a massive dam against the O’eanlos brine river where it formed a brine waterfall known as I’uaza Falls.

The O’eanlos brine river is formed by the southern icecap.  As water freezes, the dissolved salt and other constituents become more dense, eventually sinking to the sea floor and forming the phenomenon of a underwater river.  The salinity keeps the frigid water from solidifying, and without freezing the river draws the extremely cold water toward the edge of the cliffs to form I’uaza Falls.

With the construction of the It’ipu Dam, the I’uaza Falls were bottled.  The restricted flow of brine water has formed a reservoir at the top of the cliff, and a huge salt lake surrounded by jagged hills of stone has formed behind the dam.  It was here, submerged under water so saline it would desiccate any bare flesh that dared enter it, that the Ur’qwal’she — the Perfection of Form — was hidden during the Kraken Occupation.

Shaped like a giant clam shell, its inward curve facing out toward the open water and its hinge extending nearly 200 feet from the base of the cliff.  And though the Lumulus Machine has long since been moved away, the It’ipu Dam still sees activity.  Far more activity than would be needed for simple maintenance, there is little else to speculate other than something is going on inside of the dam itself.  Since the O’eanlos river still flows and the It’ipui’uaza reservoir lake does not grow further, where is the brine water going?

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