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Test for China's Three Gorges dam

Test for China's Three Gorges dam | APES: The Three Gorges Dam B4 | Scoop.it
The Three Gorges dam on China's longest river, the Yangtze, is experiencing what officials say are its highest floodwater levels.

 

The Three Gorges Dam was put to a true test in July 2010, when flood waters rised over 13 feet in one night. The government is now announcing that without the dam in place, the already high devestation level would have doubled if the dam didn’t hold the water back. Throughout the area there were also many landslids that have left about 11 people missing in the Sichuan Providence.

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My Scoop on the Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam is located in the heart of the Yangtze River, which is the third largest river in the world. This dam is the largest engineering project in the world. The dam provides hydroelectric energy throughout China. Hydroelectric energy is pertaining to the generation and distribution of electricity derived from the energy of falling water. The Three Gorges Dam does it’s job as a dam by controlling the flooding of the Yangtze River Basin as well as enabling more efficient navigation along the river which increases trade along the port cities. This dam is about a mile wide and over 600 feet long making it comparable to the immense magnitude of the Great Wall in China.

Sun Yat-sen is credited for coming up with the idea of a hydroelectric dam at Three Gorges in 1919. Using Sun Yat-sen’s idea,the dam became created the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, consisting of 32 generators. A hydroelectric dam works by taking water and putting it into a large pipe called a penstock. A penstock then sends the water through a turbine, which powers a generator, creating energy. Hydroelectricity then is a form of renewable energy and is used all around the world.

The Three Gorges Dam was completed in 2009 and has made a huge impact on China in both positive and negative ways. The dam is able to control flooding, which has for many years been a problem in China. However, despite the intelligent idea of a hydroelectric dam, the Three Gorges Dam has been referred to as “The most environmentally and socially destructive project in the world.” Land has been destroyed because of this process and nearly one million people have been relocated and taken away from their homes. Whether or not the construction of this dam was a good or bad decision, it has become a well know symbol of prestige in China.

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Three Gorges Dam Annual Power Output

Three Gorges Dam Annual Power Output | APES: The Three Gorges Dam B4 | Scoop.it

This graph shows the possible maximum output of energy, the maximum installed capacity and the actual output of energy during each season of the year.

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China dam may affect 100,000 more

China dam may affect 100,000 more | APES: The Three Gorges Dam B4 | Scoop.it
Another 100,000 people may be moved from the area around China's huge Three Gorges Dam because of landslides and bank collapses, state media say.

 

Since the building of the Three Gorges Dam, there have been many environmental problems in the areas surrounding the dam. The location of the dam has made rockslides a common problem, as well as flooding and erosion along the banks of the dam during the rise of water levels as seasons change. Because how close the dam is to residential areas, more than 1.4 millon people have already been forced to relocate, and in the next three to five years another 100,000 civilians are predicted to have to relocate as well. 

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China - Three Gorges Dam - Impact - New York Times

China - Three Gorges Dam - Impact - New York Times | APES: The Three Gorges Dam B4 | Scoop.it

A year after the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, water pollution, landslides and mass resettlement have led to questions about hydropower as a solution to China’s energy conundrum.

The Three Gorges Dam has broken three records during its construction. Although, it has caused many environmental problems since its construction the government has high hopes that, that it soon will be the world's biggest man-made producer of electricity from renewable energy. One of the major problems with this dam is that that, although it will create clean energy it has displaced millions of people from their homes around the area. Many people are now homeless and are angry at the government. The government promised to find a compromise, but the future looks grim for many of the displaced people.

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Map Showing the Three Gorges Dam

Map Showing the Three Gorges Dam | APES: The Three Gorges Dam B4 | Scoop.it

This photo shows the location of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangzi River in China.

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