Massive desert solar plant opens, already a threatened species

The day begins early at the Ivanpah solar power plant.

Long before the sun rises, computers aim five square miles of mirrors to reflect the first rays of dawn onto one of three 40-story towers rising above the desert floor.
The 356,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, focus so much light on the towers that they pulsate with a blinding white light.

At the top of each tower is an enormous boiler where the sun's energy heats water to more than 1,000 degrees, creating steam that spins electricity-generating turbines.

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