Here’s what you need to know about China’s Three Gorges Dam:
Largest Hydroelectric Dam
Three Gorges Dam, located on the Yangtze River in the Hubei Province of China, is the world’s largest hydroelectric dam.
What’s in a Name?
The Three Gorges Dam will flood the Quatang, Wu Xia, and Xiling gorges (hence its name!!).
Government officials have listed a $37-billion price tag for the project.
The hydroelectric dam is anticipated to generate 18,000 megawatts of power (up to 11 times more than the Hoover Dam).
Protecting People & Farmland
Officials state that the creation of the Three Gorges Dam will protect approximately 15 million people and 1.5 million acres of farmland from flooding.
It is estimated that approximately ten million tons of debris (such as plastic bottles) have been blocked by the dam, that would have otherwise flowed out to sea.
A lot of controversy surrounds the dam, primarily involving environmental concerns such as the endangerment and extinction of several plant and animal species. Moreover, an estimated 1.3 million people were involuntarily relocated during the construction of the dam.