Three Gorges Dam

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September 13, 2012

The construction of the Three Gorges Dam is a phenomenal construction masterpiece all in its own. Building the dam took years of preparation and was a construction feat to put even the best physicists and architects to the test. Even though the construction would put many natives out of homes, the end results would provide power to the city and boost the success level of the economy. The Three Gorges Dam was built on the Yangtze River, which was nicknamed the “Dragon” because of its sheer power and strength. The construction of this dam employed more than 40,000 people and was said to be the largest construction feat since the Great Wall of China. The construction started back in 1994 near the town of Sandouping and would cost 28 billion dollars. Four years after the beginning of the construction, China experienced their worst flood in history.
The flood of 1998 affected nearly 300 million people and covered an area almost the size of New Zealand. There was an estimated loss of nearly 4000 lives after the flood. This flood temporarily threatened China’s economy and had the potential to affect everyone in the industrial world. The total economic loss for China reached 24 billion dollars. It’s because China is the center of industry that everyone in the world could’ve potentially been affected. The Three Gorges Dam sat with a staggering 610 ft. high wall and ran 1.3 miles from bank to bank. When the dam was completed in 2012, 13 cities, 140 towns and 1300 villages were submerged forever underwater because of the dam’s reservoir.
There are many advantages and disadvantages to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. As briefly stated in the prior paragraph, 1300 archaeological sites will be forever lost underwater. One potential benefit is China might be able to control the amount of sewage in the river…...

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