2022 Undergraduate Research Showcase


The Three Gorges Dam

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Dr. Kirsten Davis


The Three Gorges Dam is a gravity dam that is located on the Yangtze River in China. Construction on the dam began in 1994 and was completed in 2006. The dam was the largest ever built at the time of its completion. The dam is 7,660 feet long and 607 feet high. The dam took 37 million cubic yards of concrete to complete. It provides hydroelectricity for the region and also still allows large cargo ships to go up-river. The dam even set a record for most energy created in a year in 2012. There is some controversy surrounding the dam because the original design was to prevent flooding downstream while also providing energy for the region but just 2 years ago areas downriver from the dam had some of the worst flooding in 30 years. The dam also created a very large reservoir which displaced entire towns and that has been a hot political issue. Interestingly, the dam is that the idea of building a dam in this location was started in 1922 but the funding and final designing didn’t come until the late 1900s.

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