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Three Gorges project


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A major engineering project along the Yangtze River in China to build the world's largest hydroelectric dam. The dam was designed as part of a large multipurpose water resource project, designed to achieve four main goals, namely flood control (to prevent flooding along the densely populated middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze), energy generation (to generate the large amounts of electricity needed for industrial expansion in central‐south and east China), water supply (to significantly increase the availability of water for agriculture, industry, and domestic users in the region), and navigation improvement (to improve the navigation of modern boats between Chongqing and Yichang, which in the past has been severely restricted by a series of rapids, shoals, and shifting shallows). The scheme has already displaced up to 1.2 million people from that portion of the Yangtze valley, from more than 320 villages and 140 towns.

Subjects: Environmental Science.


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