关于三峡大坝扭曲变形的争论烧到了文学城，不想在意也要在意一下了。其实在国内这个争论僵持不下可以理解，因为同胞们上不了Google Earth，但在海外，Google Earth随手可得，争论前何不都先去看一下？上图是刚从Google Earth 上的截屏，图像上大坝呈现严重扭曲是无疑的。当然，我们可以就此争论是否大坝本来设计建造就是如此，或者Google Earth图像质量是否有问题是否过时，甚至进而质疑是否CIA搞阴谋。但无论如何，这图像上的大坝扭扭曲曲得严重总没错吧。
I'm writing to request a response to this query - whether the serious deformation of the Three Gorge Dam in China shown on Google Earth (screenshot attached) is physically real or due to imperfection in imagery processing, or something in between. I believe users in the past did point out image distortions here and there, to which no one really want to give a damn. Who cares the deformation of a modern day self-styled ruler or an ancient emperor's den is real or not? They are or had been all in a self-destruction process anyhow. But Three Gorge Dam is so much different for it overshadows the fate of tens of millions people in its downstream catchment, of course including many of my beloved and closely related ones. As a matter of fact, the Google images of its deformation has stirred up a genuine fear with an increasing number engaged in a heated debate in social media. People behind firewalls and iron-curtains may get used to ambiguity or silence in public information for many things but surely not for this. It's not entertaining at all - believe or not it would get someones in danger even if it turns out being an ungrounded panic at the end.