Three gorges dam, China

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The Three gorges dam is the largest hydroelectrical dam in the world and source of controversy due to its effect on the environment etc.
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The Three Gorges Dam (Hanyu pinyin: Chángji?ng S?njiá G?ng K?if?) spans the Yangtze River at Sandouping, Yichang, Hubei province, China. Construction began in 1994. It will be the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, more than five times the size of the Hoover Dam. The reservoir began filling on June 1, 2003, and will occupy the present position of the scenic Three Gorges area, between the cities of Yichang, Hubei; and Fuling, Chongqing. Structural work was finished on May 20, 2006, nine months ahead of schedule[1]. However, several generators still have to be installed and the dam is not expected to become fully operational until 2009.

As with many dams, there is controversy over the costs and benefits of the Three Gorges Dam. Although there are economic benefits from flood control and hydroelectric power, there are also concerns about the future of over 1.9 million people who will be displaced by the rising waters[2], the loss of many valuable archaeological and cultural sites, as well as the effects on the environment.

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