Why is the Yangtze River important to the three gorges dam?

by admin on July 7, 2011

Question by Amieness: Why is the Yangtze River important to the three gorges dam?
I’m doing a case study on the three gorges dam for my GCSE, and missed out on a a week’s worth of notes, and completely missed why it was important to the dam, so am therefore stuck in answering my question. Help, please?

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Answer by Miss Understood
The People’s Republic of China decided to dam the Yangtze in 1994 with a steel and concrete wall that would take 15 years and over $ 30 billion to build. When completed, the dam will contain twice the amount of concrete of the Itaipu Dam in Brazil, currently the world’s largest. It will create a five trillion gallon reservoir hundreds of feet deep and about 400 miles long, able to absorb an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale. It will allow 10,000-ton freighters to easily navigate into the nation’s interior and increase agricultural and manufacturing opportunities. As the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant, the dam’s turbines are expected to create the equivalent electricity of 18 nuclear power plants.

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