World’s Biggest Dam
The Three Gorges Dam in China is the largest hydropower project in the world. The consequences of this project are both very good and very bad.
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- The Three Gorges Dam stretches across the Yangtze River in China.
- Construction of the dam was a marvel – and it was even completed early!
- When the water level in the reservoir rises and falls it can trigger landslides.
- Species of plants and animals are lost as their habitats become flooded. Pollution in the lake may cause some fish to die off.
- The dam has been fully operational as of July, 2012.
Show What You Know
With the links below, learn more about the Three Gorges Dam, Then answer the following questions.
- Howstuffworks, China: Three Gorges Dam: http://geography.howstuffworks.com/7143-china-three-gorges-dam-video.htm
- Howstuffworks, Environmental Risks of the Three Gorges Dam: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/three-gorges-dam-disaster.htm
- What are the benefits from the Three Gorges Dam?
- Where does China currently get the majority of its energy? What is the advantage of hydroelectric power over this source?
- What are the pollution issues with the water in the reservoir created by the dam?
- What is the evidence that the reservoir might trigger earthquakes?
- How was the historical record of China’s past affected by the dam?