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Geothermal system in Australia’s desert.
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This is part of IEEE Spectrum’s SPECIAL REPORT: WINNERS & LOSERS 2009, The Year’s Best and Worst of Technology.

geothermal system in Australia\u2019s desertDream Steam: A new kind of geothermal system in Australia’s desert holds great promise for clean electricity generation.Photo: Geodynamics

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