<p>Record-setting <a href="http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/floods-profile/">floods</a> along the Yangtze River produced one unexpected upside: a whimsical image of police on patrol.</p><p>The officers are marching past <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/china-guide/">China</a>'s famous Three Gorges Dam, an enormous—and controversial—<a href="http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/hydropower-profile/">hydropower</a> project.</p><p>On July 24, during the height of the flood season, the dam experienced its largest flood peak of the year with a flow of 2,470,000 cubic feet (70,000 cubic meters) of water per second.</p><p><strong>Why We Love It</strong></p><p>"The slick graphic lines of the policemen's legs and the dam structure behind them, both reflected in standing water, conflict in a really pleasing way with the totally chaotic water gushing nearby."—<em>Katel LeDu, director of photography</em></p>

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Record-setting floods along the Yangtze River produced one unexpected upside: a whimsical image of police on patrol.

The officers are marching past China's famous Three Gorges Dam, an enormous—and controversial—hydropower project.

On July 24, during the height of the flood season, the dam experienced its largest flood peak of the year with a flow of 2,470,000 cubic feet (70,000 cubic meters) of water per second.

Why We Love It

"The slick graphic lines of the policemen's legs and the dam structure behind them, both reflected in standing water, conflict in a really pleasing way with the totally chaotic water gushing nearby."—Katel LeDu, director of photography

Photograph by Xiao Yijiu, Xinhua/Zuma Press

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