Three Gorges Dam. 1994 – 2009?. What is it?. Largest hydroelectric dam in the world Largest construction project for China since building the Great Wall Chinese government claims it has a positive impact on the region It has a $ 25 + billion price tag
1994 – 2009?
--Energy & commercial benefits
--More people in China’s future means they need MORE energy sources
--More water available for irrigation
--Allows large ships/tourist vessels to reach cities far upstream=economic growth
--Huge environmental and human costs
--As water rises, pollutants in soil and in chemicals in abandoned factories will leach into the river—therefore threatening aquatic life and drinking water.
--Archaeologists estimate that 8,000 unexcavated sites will be lost forever in a tomb of water.
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--It will submerge hundreds of farms, villages, and nearly 13 major cities.
--Nearly two million people will have to abandon their homes.