In the beginning of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, there were several problems. There

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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 of water. Because of all of the population increase, China started using coal power plants1 and shipping, which causes acid rain over the region making the Yangtze River is one of the most polluted rivers in the world.4 It does not help…show more content…
Relocating farmers and having them uproot everything they worked hard for. They were forced to work in the city for industries or grow a different crop then what they were used to growing.3 China also need to increase its electrical power to keep up with the increase in population and industries.1 About 20% of the world’s electricity is from large dams. The Three Gorges Dam is not only the largest dam2; it is also the largest power plant in the world4 because of the dams 26 turbines for hydroelectricity.1 The Three Gorges Dam would help by producing 18.2 million KW output. The power generated from the dam will be self-sustaining and the energy saved will soon profit from the dam after it is paid for.4 Water for agriculture and human consumption usually vary on the fluctuation of the Yangtze River. The dam provided access to the water continuously.1 The Three Gorges Dam had the potential to benefit China essentially in safety, health, and quality of life. Analysis of the dam shows that it was not in compliance with The World Commission on Dams (also known as the WCD). The World Commission on Dams priorities for their guidelines on dams are as followed: Gaining Public Acceptance, Comprehensive Options Assessment (such as Environmental, Social, Health, and Cultural impacts, Life Cycle assessment, And greenhouse gas emissions), Addressing Existing Dams (such as Improving reservoir Operations), Sustaining Rivers and Livelihoods (such as

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