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On a bleak, rainy, gale-swept afternoon last week, several thousand Highlanders gathered at the little village of Inveruglas on the west bank of Loch Lomond. Queen Elizabeth, in a fur-trimmed coat, stood in the drizzle to tell the crowd: "This mighty scheme [will send] new strength surging into the very arteries of Scotland's being." Then she pulled the lever that set the Loch Sloy power plant in operation. As the rhythmic hum of generators signaled the first current, bagpipes skirled.

The Loch Sloy scheme is the most ambitious hydroelectric project ever completed in Britain. Its quarter-mile-long dam pens up more than 1,000,000...

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