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    Let's Build Environment-Friendly Dams

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    happy about the building of the dam. The hydroelectric power is cheap, and the economy is booming. Tourists, coming to boat on the lake, have brought a great amount of money to town, and fresh produce from the irrigated fields is pouring into the grocery store. 'Life is better since the dam was built,' you can read in their eyes. The debate over what to do about large hydroelectric dams has raged in the United States since 1935 and the construction of the Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River in Arizona

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    The Hoover Dam and Its Construction

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    Counting only dams taller than fifty feet high, the U.S. has some 5,000 dams that range from giant hydroelectric dams such as the Grand Coulee in Washington State to flood control dams in the southeast and dams that provide water for irrigation in California. Overall the United States has as many as 2.5 million dams of one sort or another. The design and construction of many of these dams took place between 1930 and 1975. This 45 years period is known as the golden age of dam building, starting

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    The Hoover Dam, was known as the boulder dam works. Which means the foundation relys on gravity to keep the structure from falling down. The Hoover Dam was built from 1931 to 1936. Frank Crowe was the head director of the building. The site of Hoover Dam is visited by millions of people that annually and will continue to provide energy to many cities. Another term that people call the Hoover Dam is a concrete arch gravity dam in the black canyon in the Colorado river. It is also on the border between

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    The Three Gorges Dam

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    Flood control and drought relief The most significant function of the dam is to control flooding, which is a major problem of a seasonal river like the Yangtze. Millions of people live downstream of the dam, and many large and important cities like Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai lie next to the river. Plenty of farm land and the most important industrial area of China are built beside the river. In 1954, the river flooded 47.75 million acres (193,000 km²) of land, killing 33,169 people and forcing

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    The Construction of the Hoover Dam

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    Hoover Dam began to be built during the Great Depression. There were not many jobs because of the economic stand point during the 1930s. The construction of the Hoover Dam created more jobs helping the people receive a job. Even though people received a job, safety was an issue. Some of the safety issues were weather conditions, pneumonia causes, high scalars, and discrimination. Supervisors had a goal to finish the Hoover Dam in record time. The supervisors on the Hoover Dam project were solely

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    In the beginning of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, there were several problems. There were several protestors and opinions about the dam before the Three Gorges Dam project was even started.1 China has had history of several dam failures in the mid-1970s that were responsible for thousands of deaths. The three gorges (Xiling, Wu, and Qutang) have scenery that is a tourist attraction.2 The dam was going to be a little over 600 feet tall, 7500 feet wide, and hold over 97 trillion gallons

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    Three Gorges Dam Impacts

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    Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower in the world, has claimed to be a project that gives “hope” to the people in China. Located on the Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world, the Three Gorges Dam is the symbol of China’s technology and economic progress. For years, the government has claimed that it could benefit people’s living quality by improving the navigation on Yangtze River, providing hydroelectric power, and improving flood control. But does it true? Do the people in China

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    The Belo Monte Dam Complex

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    Hydroelectric dams as energy sources have many advantages; they provide a renewable energy source, it can take the place of fossil fuel usages, and while being built dams can significantly help jobs in the development industry (Perlman). However, these dams are extremely costly, not just economically but environmentally and socially as well. These costs can be demonstrated by looking at the consequences of other dams. Three Gorges in China: release of methane gases, deforestation, water pollution

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    Three Gorges Dam

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    Three Gorges Dam Director Owen Lammers calls it one of the "largest and most environmentally and socially destructive projects on Earth"(Maier, 1997). One of China’s oldest dreams is becoming its newest reality. Since 1914 the idea has arisen of damming the Yangtze River. China plans to do this with a 600-foot, cement wall which will take eleven years to complete and costs could rise to over 75 billion dollars. The dam is claimed to have many advantages for China and the Chinese. Three Gorges

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    The Three Gorges Dam

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    Gorges Dam The Three Gorges Dam is an unfinished project which will be the largest dam ever constructed on the planet Earth. It is situated in China on the third largest river in the world – the Yangtze. The dam has been debated over since the 1919 and is still a hot topic of debate because of its many pros and cons. In 1994 construction began on the dam, and it is expected to be finished by the year 2009. The massive dimensions of the dam are mind boggling and its functions – if the dam actually

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