Three Gorges Dam- Environmental Benefits

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Three Gorges Dam- Environmental Impacts


  • Reduces 10 million tonnes of CO2
  • HEP will provide 15% of China's electricity demand (China heavily relies on coal for 80% of electricity)
  • Resevoir stores up to 5 trillion gallons of water. Provides water to:

-  urban areas 

- agriculutural irrigation

  • Built to withstand a 7 magnitude earthquake


  • Deforestation of 3000 acres
  • Flooding of sevral towns upstream like Fuling and Wanxiam
  • Reduced water quality- resevoir flooded 1,600 abandoned factories, mines, dumps and potentially toxic waste sites. 
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