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Hasankeyf, Anatolia, 2006. Asia. copyright photographer Marilyn Bridges

Hasankeyf, Anatolia, 2008. This city on the Tigris River in southern Turkey is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Among those leaving their mark here were the Assyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Turks. Two pillars remain from a bridge built circa 1116 AD that was probably crossed by Marco Polo. At left is the minaret of El-Rizk Mosque, dating from 1409. The world-class archaeological and natural site of Hasankeyf is doomed to obliteration by submergence under 200 feet of water behind the Ilisu Dam. This fate was avoidable because solar power plants could supply as much energy as the dam, using only one fifth as much land as the reservoir will flood.

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