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A City in China is Planning an Offshore Wind Farm So Big It Could Power All of Norway

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The “Classic Tourist City” of Chaozhou is going to build an offshore wind farm so large that it could power all of Norway.

Detailed in the city’s recent 5-year plan, the 43.3-gigawatt windfarm will grant significant amounts of green energy to the two-and-a-half million inhabitants.

Located in Guangdong Province, and neighbor to the largest inhabited city on Earth in Guangzhou, Chaozhou has unique offshore topography that creates gusty seas ideal for harvesting wind energy.

Capable of running the turbines around 49% of the year, it’s to be located between 47 and 115 miles (75 and 185 km) off the city’s coast.

China is big on wind power, and in 2021 the country installed more wind energy resources than all the rest of the world put together for five years running. Statistics on these large civic projects coming out of the PRC are not always reliable; their mass tree-planting operations along the Gobi Desert are notoriously murky.

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100 Million-Year-Old Footprints of Giant Dinosaur Found at Restaurant in China

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Among the great fossil beds of the world, China is up there, and nowhere else on earth can boast as many fossilized dinosaur footprints.

However people might expect to find them in a remote desert, not among the tables of a courtyard eatery in a modern city.

The footprints belonged to a pair of sauropods—giant long-necked dinosaurs like brontosaurus that rivaled large whales for their length and weight. Found in a restaurant in Leshan, Sichuan Province, the establishment had been made atop farmland where the prints had been buried under soil.

Lida Xing, a paleontologist and associate professor at the China University of Geosciences, told USA TODAY reporting on the story that he and his team confirmed the existence of the footprints via 3D scans of the floor.

They are believed to have been made 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period, the last era of the dinosaurs before the Earth was struck by an asteroid around 65 million years ago. The animals were reckoned at 26 feet, or around 12 meters in length.

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