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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

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Three gorges dam

Three GorgesDam

1994 – 2009?


What is it

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

  • Construction started in 1994 and some aspects of the design are still continually being worked on


Why did they build it

Why did they build it?

  • Yangtze River is the longest river in China at 4,000 miles.

  • For thousands of years it has been both a positive and negative aspect within the region.

    • Provides water for 380 million people and half of China’s food is grown along its banks

    • Overflows at times, and its floodwaters can kill thousands of people and leave millions homeless.

  • T.G.D. could put an end to the devastating floods


Energy output

ENERGY OUTPUT

  • It is the world’s largest hydroelectric plant

  • Designed to generate more than 18 million kilowatts of electricity

  • That is equal to the level of output of 18 nuclear power plants


Controversy

Controversy

  • Supporters

    --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

  • Opponents

    --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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Controversy

  • Opponents

    --It will submerge hundreds of farms, villages, and nearly 13 major cities.

    --Nearly two million people will have to abandon their homes.


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