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Top 10 Largest Dams in the World

Wednesday, February 15th 2012. | Largest


A lot of dam in the world and there are largest dam with largest structure volume. A dam is a barrier that impounds water or underground streams. Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water, while other structures such as floodgates or levees

(also known as dikes) are used to manage or prevent water flow into specific land regions. Here are the top 10 largest dam in the world.

10. Oroville Dam 

Largest Dams Oroville Dam

Largest Dams Oroville Dam

Oroville Dam spans the Feather River about 5 miles (8.0 km) northeast of the city of Oroville, California. The largest dam lies in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and at 770 feet (230 m) tall, is the tallest dam in the United States. It powers the third largest hydroelectric plant in California, after the Castaic andShasta Dams.

 

9. Mangla Dam 

Largest Dams Mangla Dam

Largest Dams Mangla Dam

The Mangla Dam as one of the largest dam is located on the Jhelum River in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The project was designed and supervised by Binnie & Partners of London, and it was built by Mangla Dam Contractors, a consortium of 8 U.S. construction firms, sponsored by Guy F. Atkinson Company of South San Francisco.

 

8. Gardiner Dam 

Largest Dams Gardiner Dam

Largest Dams Gardiner Dam

The Gardiner Dam on the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatchewan is the largest embankment dam in Canada and one of the largest embankment dams in the world. The largest dam rises 64 metres (209 feet) in height, is almost 5 km (3.1 mi) long and has a width of 1.5 km (0.93 mi) at its base with a volume of 65,000,000 cubic meters.

 

7. Guri Dam 

Largest Dams Guri Dam

Largest Dams Guri Dam

The Guri Dam is a concrete gravity and embankment dam in Bolívar State, Venezuela on the Caroni River. Its official name is Central Hidroeléctrica Simón Bolívar (previously named Central Hidroeléctrica Raúl Leoni from 1978 to 2000). This largest dam is 7,426 meters long and 162 m high.

 

6. Flevoland

Largest Dams Flevoland

Largest Dams Flevoland

Flevoland is the largest dam located the centre of the Netherlands, at the location of the former Zuiderzee, the province was established on January 1, 1986; the twelfth province of the country, with Lelystad as its capital. The province has approximately 394.758 inhabitants (2011) and consists of 6 municipalities.

 

5. Atatürk Dam 

Largest Dams Atatürk Dam

Largest Dams Atatürk Dam

The Atatürk Dam, originally the Karababa Dam, is a zoned rock-fill dam with a central core on the Euphrates River on the border of Adıyaman Province and Şanlıurfa Province in Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. The reservoir created behind the dam, called Lake Atatürk Dam is the third largest in Turkey and the fifth largest dam in the world.

 

4. Fort Peck Dam 

Largest Dams Fort Peck Dam

Largest Dams Fort Peck Dam

The Fort Peck Dam is one of the largest dam, located in northeast Montana in the United States, near Glasgow, and adjacent to the community of Fort Peck. At 21,026 feet (6,409 m) in length and over 250 feet (76 m) in height, it is the largest man-made lake in the U.S.

 

3. Syncrude Tailings Dam 

Largest Dams Syncrude Tailings Dam

Largest Dams Syncrude Tailings Dam

The name Syncrude Tailings Dam often refers to the Mildred Lake Settling Basin (MLSB). This largest dam is an embankment dam that is, by volume of construction material, the largest dam in the world.

 

2. Tarbela Dam 

Largest Dams Tarbela Dam

Largest Dams Tarbela Dam

Tarbela Dam on the Indus River in Pakistan is the second largest dam in the world by structural volume and the largest earth filled dam in the world. The dam is 485 feet (148 m) high above the riverbed. The dam forms the Tarbela Reservoir, with a surface area of approximately 250-square-kilometre (97 sq mi).

 

1. Syncrude Tailings Dam Mildred Lake Settling Basin (MLSB)

Largest Dams Syncrude Tailings Dam Mildred MLSB

Largest Dams Syncrude Tailings Dam Mildred MLSB

The name Syncrude Tailings Dam often refers to the Mildred Lake Settling Basin (MLSB). Whereas one report gives an embankment volume of 720×106 m3, calculations based on the width of the embankment base from these three sources give embankment volumes of 660, 290 and 240×106 m3 respectively. This is an embankment dam that is, by volume of construction material, the largest dam in the world.


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