Three Gorges Dam Case Study

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Three Gorges Dam Case Study

Located on the Yangtze River, China

Largest hard engineering porject ever on a river - due for completion in 2009

Used to generate HEP for central and eastern China, including Shanghai - population of over 13 million people

Will also reduce flood risk for 15 million people and improve navigation

Reservoir - 660km long and 1km wide - created behind the dam

The dam is 2.3km long and over 100m high 

Cost around £25 billion to build

Forced resettlement of 1.2 million people, many culutral monuments lost, and will have negative environmental and ecological effects, including an increased likelihood of landslides and loss of habitats, i.e the white flag dolphin

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