This stunning time-lapse video documents the removal of the 125 foot tall Condit Dam in Washington State.

Controversy over the destruction of salmon and steelhead habitats had embroiled the dam for decades and its removal is one the three largest in American history. 100 years after its construction on the Columbia River, the 125 foot tall dam was officially demolished.

The poster of this video writes:

On October 26th, a hole was blasted in the base of 125' tall Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington. In less than 2 hours, the reservoir behind the dam drained completely and the White Salmon flowed unimpeded by a dam for the first time in 100 years."

Watch a dam breaking this gorgeously-shot video below.

[via NatGeo]