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My Scoop on the Three Gorges Dam

My Scoop on the Three Gorges Dam | The Three Gorges Dam APES | Scoop.it

The Three Gorges Dam cost 180 billion yuan, or 39 billion U.S. dollars to construct. Of that 180 yuan, About 69 billion was spent on the relocation of affected citizens. The Dam wall is 2,309 meters long and 101 meters high. The reservoir itself is 600 kilometers in length. Although it provides power for 9 providences and 2 cities in China, at full operation the dam would only provide 3% of China’s total electricity consumption.

 

The need for electricity in China is high, considering all the people that live there. The Dam generates hydroelectric power, which greatly relives the electricity pressure in middle and eastern China. By using hydropower, emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide can all be drastically reduced. The Dam also improves the waterway conditions from Yichang City to Chongquing City. Ships of ten thousand tons can sail directly from Chongqing to Hankou and further to Shanghai. And due to the improvement of the navigable waterways, the transport costs can be reduced.

 

The Dam has altered the natural flow of the Yangtze, which has impacted the environment drastically. Not only has it changed the physical landscape, it has also caused drought and just less rain than usual. The submersion of towns, the triggering of landslides, the endangerment of species, and the altering of ecosystems has all been caused by the addition of this dam. Another fear is that the dam may be causing earthquakes because it sits on two major faults, the Jiuwanxi and the Zigui-Badong.

 

 

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Three Gorges Dam to reach full-capacity storage[1]|chinadaily.com.cn

Three Gorges Dam to reach full-capacity storage[1]|chinadaily.com.cn | The Three Gorges Dam APES | Scoop.it

 

This photo shows the different water level in the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang City, Central China's Hubei province. The dam, the world's largest water control and hydropower project, started to reduce water discharge with a full-capacity storage test on Sept 10. The water level in the dam was monitored to reach 165 meters on Sept 14 and it is expected to reach 175 meters by the end of October at the earliest, according to authorities. The reservoir, mainly built to tame the Yangtze River, usually discharges water in May. It alleviates spring droughts in downstream areas, and makes room to contain water from the river's seasonal flooding in summer.

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A Stirring Photo Essay On China’s Longest River

A Stirring Photo Essay On China’s Longest River | The Three Gorges Dam APES | Scoop.it

The Yangtze River is officially the third longest river in the world. It generates about a quarter of China's GDP. More people live along its banks than live in the United States (About one in every 18 people on Earth). The Three Gorges dam is a massive source of electricity for the growing country, but it comes at a cost. Entire towns have been submerged underneath the river’s new banks, and over a million people have been displaced.

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Three Gorges restarts full-capacity storage test |Sci-Tech |

The Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest water control. It is on the Yangtze River in China. A project has been started to reduce the water discharge of the dam with a full-capacity storage test, the third one so far. The company doing this test wants to lower the water discharge from 19,000 cubic meters per second to 8,000 cubic meters per second by the end of October. The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has required the company to closely monitor hydrological changes in the river's upper reaches and dam operation during full-capacity runs.

 

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Three Gorges Dam is now in Full Operation

The Dam was under construction for 16 years, starting in 1993. Now all 23 power generating units have been switched on, allowing the Dam to have a 1.8 million kilowatt capacity.

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World's Largest Dam

World's Largest Dam | The Three Gorges Dam APES | Scoop.it

The Three Gorges Dam is a controversial project. About 1.3 milllion people were relocated, about 100 towns were submerged underwater because of the altering of the river flow, and various species are threatened, such as the Yangtze dolphin, Chinese sturgeon, and the finless porpoise

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