Three Gorgeous Dam

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Three Gorges Dam
A computer simulated model of how the finished dam is supposed to look like A computer simulated model of how the finished dam is supposed to look like The three Gorges dam is the world’s largest dam with a total length of half a mile and 600 feet high. The construction of this massive dam took over 21 years starting from planning till the finished construction. The dam was built to stop the floorings that occurred and to cut down the greenhouse emissions of Chinas energy production. With t total production of 100 terawatt per year the dam provides 3% of Chinas total energy consume. But this dam had also been a disaster to the environment and the society. But the construction of the dam also had its negative sides, 1.3million people had to be relocated, many archeological artifacts were buried, the construction caused massive landslides, killed hundreds of fish species and changed the environment around it. But the biggest problem is the effect that it had on the water cycle. The three Gorges dam is one of the most discussed topics when talking about the water cycle.

Water storage:
The biggest problem with this project is the 39 trillion kilograms of water that are store on the side of the dam. This causes million kilos of water to evaporate each day. This causes major rain fall. The large amount of rain is causing minor flooding. These floods do not claim as many lives as the major floods but are still enough to destroy fields and to turn smaller cities into flood plain. The floorings cause the farmers to have large difficulties to find fertile land and so to grow their crops and. This is not a huge issuer since there are millions of farmers in china but it has an effect on the people that live near the dam and their income.

The next problem is Chinas government is deforestation the area around the dam, with the trees cut down the rain, caused by the dam, and cannot be absorbed by the trees anymore. This...
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