Global Images Contest 2009-2010

The Gold, the Desert, and the Wind


The golden city of Jaisalmere, built in the 12 century, is famous for its magnificent fort palace on a gigantic slab of sandstone overlooking an ocean of all-yellow havellis (delicately "sculpted" sandstone houses). In the upper left corner of the picture are dozens of wind turbines, the oldest of which have been powering the city since 1999. As of June 2009, the state of Rajasthan, India, claims that Don Quixote's "giants" have a nearly 800 MW generating capacity. Here the humans have put the right crop on the land -- harnessing the everlasting power from wind with minimal greenhouse gas emissions. Here the wind blows from the ancient, through the turbines and into the future.

Yiting Wang