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Shasta

(AE-6: dp. 13,000; 1. 459'; b. 63'; dr. 23', s. 15.5 k.
cpl. 281; a. 1 5", 4 3")

The first Shasta (AE-6), an ammunition ship, was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 125) on 12 August 1940 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Company, Tampa, Fla., initially as a C2 type cargo ship. She was acquired by the Navy on 16 April 1941 and launched on 9 July 1941; sponsored by Mrs. Spessard L. Holland; and commissioned on 20 January 1942, Capt. Francis A. Smith in command.

On 19 November 1942, Shasta departed Alameda Calif., for Noumea, New Caledonia, on the first of her 10 wartime transpacific voyages. At the western end of each voyage, she moved from island to island replenishing the ammunition supplies of the Battle Fleet. With one exception, a deployment to Adak, Alaska, in support of the Attu and Kiska operations, Shasta's activities centered around the campaigns in the western Pacific. Her cargo supported the campaigns against the Gilberts, the Marianas, the Palaus, and the Philippines.

The highlights of Shasta's wartime career came in 1945. In February, she participated in the first successful underway ammunition replenishment. Later while re-supplying the warships supporting the assault on Iwo Jima, she came under the fire of Japanese shore batteries. Her most harrowing expericnce occurred on 5 June when she was battered by the force 14 winds of a typhoon off the southeastern coast of Okinawa. Though her cargo had shifted and much of it had been damaged, Shasta still managed a successful rearming rendezvous before sailing for Leyte Gulf in the Philippines.

Her cargo operations complete, Shasta departed Leyte Gulf and joined TG 30.8 on 17 July 1945. After a short replenishment cruise, she returned to Leyte Gulf for more cargo. The end of the war found Shasta taking on cargo from Victory ships. She remained at Leyte Gulf until 25 October, at which time she sailed for

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard via Eniwetok Atoll. Following inactivation overhaul, she was decommissioned at San Diego on 10 August 1946.

After almost six years of inactivity in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Shasta was recommissioned on 15 July 1953. Under the command of Capt. Peter N. Gaciglio she departed San Diego on 26 November 1953 an joined the Atlantic Service Fleet at Norfolk on 12 November. At the completion of modernization overhaul at Norfolk and underway replenishment training off Newport, R.I., Shasta sailed on 7 January for her first Mediterranean deployment. For the next 11 years she alternated between cruises with the 6th Fleet and Atlantic seaboard operations. She provided ammunition supply support to the 6th Fleet during the Jordanian crisis of May 1957 and the Lebanese crisis of August 1958.

During her assignments to the continental United States, Shasta participated in several special projects. She acted as a target ship for nuclear submarines tested instruments on a dummy Polaris missile attached to her keel, and took part in NATO exercises. In June 1959, Shasta helped test a recently developed torpedo counter-measure known as Project "Phoenix."

On 14 September 1966, Shasta steamed out of Norfolk on a final visit to the Far East. She transited the Panama Canal on 20 September, called briefly at Pearl Harbor, and arrived at Subic Bay in the Philippines on 26 October. She remained in the Far East, either at Subic Bay or on Yankee Station, until 22 April 1967. On that day, she started her return voyage to Norfolk. Arriving at Norfolk on 8 June, Shasta completed her only circumnavigation of the globe. During this voyage, she transited the Suez Canal and stopped at Valleta, Malta; and Barcelona, Spain.

Following overhaul, Shasta weighed anchor for what was to be her final deployment. En route to Rota, Spain, and assignment with the 6th Fleet, she was diverted to assist in the unsuccessful search for nuclear submarine Scorpion (SSN 599), which was lost with all hands off the Azores. Main engine difficulties caused Shasta to cut short her projected six-month deployment and return to Norfolk for major repairs. She was placed in a reduced operating status until 1 July 1969, when her name was struck from the Navy list. On 24 March 1970, Shasta was sold to Mr. Isaac Valera of Madrid for scrapping by the Spanish company, Revalorizacionde Materials, S.A.

Shasta received five battle stars for World War II and one for Vietnam service.


USS Shasta (AE-6)

USS Shasta (AE-6), an ammunition ship, was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 125) on 12 August 1940 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Company, Tampa, Fla., initially as a C2 type cargo ship. She was acquired by the Navy on 16 April 1941 and launched on 9 July 1941, sponsored by Mrs. Spessard L. Holland. She was commissioned on 20 January 1942 with Capt. Francis A. Smith in command. She was named after Mount Shasta, a volcano in the Cascade Range in northern California, USA.


History

Most Shasta students take history courses because the classes fulfill basic requirements for completing an associate degree or for transferring to another institution. Those requirements are in place because many believe, as Woodrow Wilson had, the past informs the present. Yet history is important not only because it makes us better world citizens but also because it provides an understanding of human interaction that makes us better people.

"Penn[sylvania] on the picket line-- 1917" (Photo by Harris and Ewing. Library of Congress.)

History is both a process and a product. People create history through their day to day actions while historians create history by researching and recording those events. The picture above is historic because it captured a moment in time when suffragettes picketed the White House demanding the right to vote, while the quote above is historic for it captured the thoughts of historian Woodrow Wilson.

Historians make sense out of the past by researching primary and secondary sources in order to create a more vivid story of the past. For example, a fuller understanding of both the picture and quote can be reached by placing each in its historical context. The picture was taken in front of the White House in 1917--three years prior to the passing of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.

The suffragettes addressed their protest to President Woodrow Wilson, who in 1917 asked Congress for a declaration of war. The sign, which read "Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty," suggested that the suffragettes followed Wilson's comments on history and knew America's long and complex history of voting rights and how to apply political pressure in the present in order to achieve their goal of suffrage.

In order to receive suffragists' wartime support, President Wilson agreed to support the 19th Amendment. Knowing who Woodrow Wilson was--a historian, president of Princeton University, governor of New Jersey, and President of the U.S.--gives more credence to his statements.

Understanding the stories behind the picture and quote is historical knowledge, which allows us to better protect and expand those rights now and in the future.


California: Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam is breathtaking not only for its great size, it stands 602 feet high, but for its majestic setting in the southern range of the Cascades. Bureau of Reclamation

Northern California’s Shasta Dam is a keystone of the Bureau of Reclamation’s huge Central Valley Project, which involves 35 of California's counties and two major watersheds: those of the Sacramento River on the north and the San Joaquin River on the south. Together, these watersheds extend for nearly 500 miles, feeding the heart of California’s long, flat Central Valley, one of the most fertile and productive garden spots in the world. Grown here are more than 250 varieties of crops, including the almonds, artichokes, avocados and wine grapes that make California famous for more than movie stars.

Shasta Dam, dwarfed only by Hoover and Grand Coulee dams when it was completed on the Sacramento River in 1945, is breathtaking not only for its great size, but for its majestic setting in the southern range of the Cascades. The 602 foot-high, concrete, curved gravity dam holds back an immense blue reservoir, Lake Shasta, which boasts a 365-mile shoreline nestled amid evergreen hills and the snow-covered volcanic peak of Mount Shasta.

Shasta not only stores water to irrigate valley farms to the south, but it protects them from floods and the intrusion of saline ocean water that flows in from San Francisco Bay. The dam also provides water for towns and industries and furnishes hydroelectric power. Shasta is only one of 20 dams and reservoirs on Reclamation’s Central Valley Project, but it has been a key component from the beginning.

The project did not begin with the Federal Government, but with the State of California, which long recognized the benefits to be had by connecting the thirsty Central Valley with the state’s water-rich mountains. Stretching 400 miles from north to south, the valley’s precipitation fluctuates significantly. While the southern end below Bakersfield receives an average of only five inches of rain a year, the northern area around Redding gets more than 30. Then again, because most of the rain and snow falls from December through April, the Central Valley is subject to flooding in the spring or prolonged droughts. One drought was so severe in 1863-64 that it devastated California’s cattle industry, which was once prominent in the region’s history.

Shasta Dam under construction. Bureau of Reclamation Archives

Development of irrigation in the valley began on a large scale in the 1850s, following the discovery of gold that brought hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to California’s mining regions. Until then, the area around today’s Shasta Dam was largely unpopulated by people of European descent. Among the Indian groups that called the region home for thousands of years were the Hupa, Achumawi, Achomawi and the Shasta, whose huge territory extended north into present-day Oregon. This is a land of many rivers and streams--the Trinity, Pit, McCloud and California’s biggest river of all, the Sacramento, which rises in the Klamath Mountains and flows 400 miles south into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, some 80 miles east of San Francisco. Many waterways converge in the delta, including California’s second largest river, the San Joaquin, which enters the delta from the south. Together, the Sacramento and San Joaquin flow into the Suisun Bay, then west into San Francisco Bay and out the Golden Gate to the Pacific Ocean.

Tapping these primary rivers and their many tributaries for irrigation began in earnest in the 1850s when private interests built canals to serve areas near the rivers. Local projects undertaken by communities, irrigation districts and public utilities followed. Efforts at a comprehensive plan for the Central Valley began in 1873 with a report by U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, followed by many other studies. In 1919, a plan was submitted to the governor of California, which spurred statewide interest and led to the first of a series of state appropriations to investigate ways to conserve, control, store and distribute the valley’s water. In 1931, California’s Division of Water Resources submitted what was known as the State Water Plan to the state legislature, which passed the California Central Valley Project Act in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression. California voters approved the project, but when the bonds needed to finance construction proved impossible to sell, California looked to the Federal Government for help.

Assuming control, the Federal Government initiated its Central Valley Project with plans for two major dams, one at each end of the valley--Friant Dam, completed in 1942 on the San Joaquin north of Fresno, and Shasta (originally known as Kennett Dam) on the Sacramento River, north of Redding.

Reclamation opened bids for Shasta Dam on June 1, 1938, the undertaking so big that groups of contractors, as they had done on the Hoover Dam contract, pooled their skills and financial resources in an effort to land the job. Pacific Constructors Inc. (PCI), led by the prominent Los Angeles outfit of L. E. Dixon, won the job with a bid of $36.9 million. Soon to come on board as general superintendent was engineer Frank Crowe, who had taken charge at a number of other prominent Reclamation dams: Arrowrock, Hoover and Parker among them.

Headway tower of the huge cableway system, which carried wet concrete to the construction site. Bureau of Reclamation Archives

A crew that eventually totaled 4,700 men excavated millions of tons of granite from the hillsides and built a 9.6-mile-long conveyor belt, which operated 24 hours a day, transporting aggregate from a quarry nine miles away. A major undertaking was relocating 30 miles of Southern Pacific Railroad track, which ran right through the construction site. To reroute the track, crews constructed bridges, trestles and tunnels, including one tunnel later used to divert the river around the site so the dam could be built.

The railroad delivered cement, which was mixed with the aggregate and river water at a plant upstream, the wet concrete then hurried to the construction site on a huge cableway system that reached all parts of the dam. By July 1940, crews were hard at work pouring concrete from huge buckets into wooden forms that created a series of interlocking, 50-foot-by-50-foot blocks for the dam face. “Great care was taken,” historian David P. Billington writes, “to ‘vibrate’ the wet concrete to ensure that it completely filled the forms without leaving any voids or airspaces that would tend to weaken the structure.” Once the concrete hardened, which took about 48 hours, the wooden form was loosened and configured to handle the next five-foot lift of concrete.

By August 1942, four million cubic yards of concrete (or 807 million gallons) had been placed, and by the summer of 1943, the dam was taking final shape. Water storage began in Lake Shasta in February 1944, and the last bucket of concrete was poured on January 2, 1945. When Shasta’s five-generator plant came online in 1950, the project was complete.

At 602 feet, Shasta at the time was the second highest concrete dam in the world (behind Hoover at 726.4 feet) and was rivaled in mass only by the gargantuan Grand Coulee Dam, then under construction on the Columbia River in Washington. Shasta Dam is 883 feet thick at its base, 30 feet thick at its crest, and contains 6.5 million cubic yards of concrete weighing 15 million tons. At 487 feet long, its spillway was the largest manmade waterfall in the world, though it is eclipsed today by those at other dams, including Three Gorges Dam in China and Itaipu in Brazil.

Like those larger dams, Shasta also has been the subject of criticism, especially for its impact on the winter run of Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), which are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. To protect the salmon but still minimize the loss of power generation, a multi-faceted Temperature Control Device, which ensures the release of cold water for the benefit of the salmon, was completed in 1997 on the face of the dam.

Visit the National Park Service Travel Bureau of Reclamation's Historic Water Projects to learn more about dams and powerplants.


Mythical Significance of the Monument

Mount Shasta’s vast antiquity and mythic relevance places its significance on par, historically and categorically, with other sacred sites found among the world’s oldest known civilizations, including the temples and pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge, the Mayan pyramids , and Machu Picchu .

From a philosophical and spiritual standpoint, Mount Shasta is far more powerful and impressive than anything ever built by man. It is a Creator-made temple and monument, half a billion years old. In an abstract geological sense, Mount Shasta is still alive and under construction–and it will continuously erupt, regenerate, and change forms far into the future.

Beautiful Mount Shasta and Siskiyou Lake. ( fenlio /Adobe Stock)

Native Americans have observed Mount Shasta as a sacred mountain from time immemorial they viewed the mountain and its surroundings as holy ground it is thought to be one of the first earthly places created by the Great Spirit . In the past, no one but medicine men or women climbed up the mountain beyond the tree line. It was thought to be too powerful for ordinary people to visit, and inhabited by hosts of potentially dangerous spirits and guardians who could harm a person who traveled up the mountain unprepared.

Mount Shasta’s significance as a “power spot” for non-indigenous people did not begin until the 19th century. The naturalist John Muir described the mountain’s peak as a religious icon, and helped to spread its legendary fame. Since its discovery, it quickly became one of California’s must-see tourist destinations.

There are many tangible and intangible qualities which make a mountain sacred, and some of these qualities go beyond its mere appearance. Mount Shasta isn’t the tallest mountain in the west, but it is the most legendary. A sacred mountain tends to possess unusual characteristics which are more than just the accumulation of natural processes.

Panther Meadows - Mount Shasta © Dustin Naef

There is, we feel, something different about a sacred mountain which cannot be easily explained, something that makes it exceptional. It possesses a kind of energy that’s unique to itself, which can be sensed and felt as much as seen. It draws people to it…inexplicably, mysteriously: “The power of such a mountain,” writes Lama Anagarki Govinda,

“is so great and yet so subtle that without compulsion pilgrims are drawn to the mountain from near and far, as if by the force of some invisible magnet, and they will undergo untold hardships and privations in their inexplicable urge to approach and to worship the sacred spot. Nobody has conferred the title of sacredness upon such a mountain by virtue of its own magnetic and psychic emanations the mountain is intuitively recognized to be sacred. It needs no organizer of its worship innately, each of its devotees feels the urge to pay it reverence.”


Eruption History

Mount Shasta erupts episodically with ten or more eruptions occurring in short (500-2,000 year) time periods separated by long intervals (3,000-5,000 years) with few or no eruptions. Evidence suggests that magma most recently erupted at the surface about 3,200 years ago.

Heavy dashed lines show approximate margins of Shasta Valley and base of Mount Shasta volcano dotted line indicates western edge of Quaternary basalt. (Public domain.)

The Mount Shasta magmatic system has evolved more or less continuously for at least 590,000 years, but the ancestral cone was virtually destroyed by an enormous volcanic sector collapse and landslide around 300,000 years ago. Only a small remnant of this older edifice remains on the west side of the stratovolcano. Shasta Valley to the north is largely floored by debris from the sector collapse, likely representing a considerable amount of the volume of the ancestral cone.

Four major cone-building episodes constructed most of the stratovolcano around separate central vents. The eruptions that formed these cones probably lasted for only a few hundred or a few thousand years, during which numerous lavas erupted, mainly from each cone's central vent. The final major eruptions from each of the central craters produced dacitic domes and dense-fragment pyroclastic flows. After each episode of rapid cone building, the volcano underwent significant erosion while less frequent central- and flank-vent eruptions occurred. The flank eruptions typically produced cinder cones, small monogenetic lava cones, or domes, the latter commonly accompanied by pyroclastic flows. The Sargents Ridge cone, oldest of the four, is younger than approximately 250,000 years, has undergone two major glaciations, and is exposed mainly on the south side of Mount Shasta. The next younger Misery Hill cone is younger than approximately 130,000 years, has been sculpted in one major glaciation, and forms much of the upper part of the mountain.

Holocene eruptions

Eruptions during the last 10,000 years produced lava flows and domes on and around the flanks of Mount Shasta, and pyroclastic flows from summit and flank vents extended as far as 20 km (12.4 mi) from the summit. Most of these eruptions also produced large mudflows, many of which reached more than several tens of kilometers from Mount Shasta.

Shastina was formed mainly between 9,700 and 9,400 years the Hotlum cone, which forms the summit and the north and northwest slopes of Shasta, may overlap Shastina in age, but most of the Hotlum cone is probably younger.


Interview

In this selection from his first interview with Paul Stillwell at the U.S. Naval Institute on 27 December 1991, Admiral Forbes discusses his experiences on board the USS Barton (DD-722) in 1946, during the Bikini Atomic Bomb tests of Operation Crossroads.

Admiral Forbes: From December 24, 1945, until January 3, 1946, I had the duty, solid, on that destroyer. Oh, well. It was great. I really enjoyed my destroyer duty.

Paul Stillwell: What sort of a mission did the ship have after the war ended?

Admiral Forbes: Okay. We got a quick overhaul and had everything fixed up. Then we were chosen—all the classification has been taken away now, I'm sure—to be the ship to take the atomic weapons out to Bikini for those tests.[1] The skipper knew it. He got me up, and I was briefed by the people. We had these senior people on board, and then an Army group came on board in uniform. This is later on. Then we received the bomb itself—not just the fuselage of the bomb, but the brains, the innards, the nuclear component part, which they stowed in one of the staterooms, and we had this special Army team of guards.

It was Bill Polhemus’s room he had to move out. I said, "Bill, we're just boot ensigns. These people are senior to us, and that's why they're taking your room."

"Okay, okay. I guess that's the way it goes."

I knew why they were there. The weapons were there, secured under the bunk they weren't very big. They had two of those people on guard 24 hours a day, on a Navy ship at sea. Once Bill forgot about the guards. He explained to me, "Hey, Rabbit, I went to get the shirt I forgot, and some guy stuck a .45 right in my face."

I said, "Well, you know how those Army types are. They don't know what's going on." And we both laughed. He laughed with me, and we dismissed it that way. When we got to Bikini, we very carefully unloaded it. Of course, the crew knew that that big thing up on the boat deck was the body of the bomb we didn't make any bones about that. And, I'll never forget, we had to have the exact depth of water in the sound, in case anything dropped over the side. Then we were the closest ship to the actual explosions.

Well, now, I'll have to digress for a moment. We arrived there days before they had the actual bomb drop, because they had to reassemble the components. So while the preparations were being completed, we found out that this was the breeding ground of the yellowfin tuna out there in that atoll. They wondered if the bomb blast would have any effect on the fish.

There was an old World War I minesweeper on station. It was one of these old, old buckets. A classmate of mine was skipper of this ship, and he had—I learned the word for the first time—an ichthyologist on board from San Diego. They cruised around the atoll fishing, and they'd log the kind of fish they caught and the sex and all that. Everything was very proper. I got permission to visit the ship one day while Barton was anchored. I'd never caught so many fish in my life. We saw gear carried away. These were great big yellowfin tuna. I'll jump ahead and say fortunately it had no effect on them.

As I said, we were the closest ship to the drop point. I'll never forget when that big bomber came over and dropped that thing.[2] We had the people on board we had the special camera on our fire-control radar. I'd helped them with that. I said, "Why don't you just mount it on my fire control radar?" We just tracked that bomb right down. Oh, it was great. We just tracked it in till it exploded. We got all the pictures for them.

After that we steamed downwind and chased that cloud for I've forgotten how many—oh, it seemed like forever. We then came back and took water samples every so often. That's when we caught so many sharks. We came back and were there for the underwater explosion which, you know, really didn't hurt the fishing either, as they later found out. Then we returned to the States. The services were being cut back. I'd been promoted to executive officer then.

Paul Stillwell: Was there any monitoring to see if you'd been exposed to radiation?

Admiral Forbes: Yes. For years after that, I had to go every so often for a complete physical and I'd get these letters from on high about what they'd found and all this, that and the other.

Paul Stillwell: Was there any effect?

Admiral Forbes: No. And I was the one who was with those tests all of the time.


All About Shasta Daisies

Shasta daisies are the garden’s unassuming (and drought-resistant) crowd-pleasers. Garden designer Troy Rhone shares a bit of daisy history, his favorite shasta daisy varieties, companion plants for shasta daisies, and how to take care of daisies.

Flowering border with a patch of shasta daisy ‘Becky’

It was Massachusetts native Luther Burbank who hybridized the Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) in 1890. The 2003 plant perennial of the year (Shasta daisy ‘Becky’) was just an adventure then as Burbank tried to create the whitest flower for his California garden. Burbank knew the whitest flowers in a garden glow as the moonlight bounces off the rays at night. He was looking to create a magical atmosphere where nature could dance under the moonlight. By blending and melding a Japanese daisy and an American daisy, he was able to succeed in this endeavor. And, thus, the whitest flower was born. If you are wondering where the name Shasta came from, well, it was named, fittingly, after the white snow-capped Mount Shasta.

But it seems that Atlanta has a lot of history with this plant as well. Nearly 80 years later, a version of Burbank’s plant popped up in Atlanta. As the story goes, a florist and nursery owner, Ida Mae, found this plant on a scouting expedition in her neighborhood.

Later, she would sell a clump of ‘Becky’ to gardeners or a few stems for flower arrangements to patrons. Mae’s daughter, Mary Ann Gatlin, gave a clump one day to her friend Becky Stewart.

So, when plantsman Bill Funkhouser visited the Stewart’s garden in the mid-1980s, he began looking for the botanical name for this plant. Without finding one, he named it ‘Becky’ in honor of Becky Stewart.

During this time, two other plantsmen named the same flower. Nurseryman Bud Heist, who obtained the flower from the Gatlins, was growing it under the name ‘Ida Mae,’ and Flower magazine contributor Ryan Gainey had passed this flower along to Goodness Grows under the name of ‘Ryan’s Daisy.’

Later, Funkhouser joined White Flower Farms in Litchfield, Connecticut, where ‘Becky’ was able to be marketed and sold all across the US. It was because of White Flower Farms that ‘Becky’ went on to become the 2003 Plant Perennial of the Year. Somehow I can just see all of these people having a cocktail together watching the moonlight dance on the ‘Becky’/‘Ryan’/‘Shasta’ daisy. Can’t you?

Showy double flowers of ‘Christine Hagemann’ shasta daisy

Shasta Daisy Varieties

‘Becky’: One of the best cultivars, it flowers later and is larger than others. Flowering from July through September, this plant grows 3–4 feet tall.

‘Christine Hagemann’: Introduced from Germany, this double-flowering Shasta daisy has flowers 3 1/2 inches across. The double flower says the rest!

‘Silverspoon’: This unique single bloom’s rays spread out flat.

‘Crazy Daisy’: Large double blooms are frilled, quelled and twisted. Each one is unique.

Shasta daisies glowing in the sun

How to Take Care of Daisies

  • Shasta daisies are one of the easiest perennials to grow. They prefer, but do not necessarily need, moist yet well-drained soil.
  • Fertilize monthly with a granular fertilizer like Osmocote, and liquid-feed weekly if desired.
  • Staking is generally a good idea, but not a necessity.
  • If flowers weigh plant stems down, then gather and tie with a Velcro strip before they break.
  • Deadheading spent flowers will increase bloom longevity.
  • Divide clumps every other spring or as desired.

Companion Plants for Shasta Daisies

  • Russian sage (perovskia): Grows 4 feet tall. Likes hot, dry sites and will have blue flowers while your Shasta daisies are blooming.
  • Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’: Grows 24–36 inches tall. This bulb will give your garden a pop of red.
  • ‘Profusion White’ zinnia (Zinnia angustofolia x elegans): Reaches 12 inches tall. Very drought-tolerant and will bloom from spring through fall.

By Troy Rhone | Photography courtesy of White Flower Farm and Eric Holsomback


Main street of Summit City, California, boom town near Shasta Dam

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