Posted by: danielfee | January 8, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 01-08-2013

Three Gorges Dam - Yangtze Region, China

Three Gorges Dam – Yangtze Region, China

Locks at Three Gorges Dam

Locks at Three Gorges Dam

Model of Dam

Model of Dam

Model of Dam

Model of Dam

 

The Three Gorges Dam, located on the Yangtze River, is the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity at 22,500 MW. Except for a ship lift (elevator), which has encountered design problems, the dam project was completed and fully functional as of July 4, 2012 when the last of the main turbines in the underground plant began production. The dam body was completed in 2006. In addition to producing electricity, the dam was intended to increase the Yangtze River’s shipping capacity and reduce the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage space. However, upstream the dam flooded some archaeological and cultural sites and displaced 1.3 million people, and is causing significant ecological changes, including an increased risk of landslides which has caused the dam to be a controversial topic both domestically and abroad.

 

 

 

 

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