Three Gorges Dam

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Three Gorges Dam
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Long and costly project

The Three Gorges Dam is a 15 year project. Cost: About US $30 billion.

Water level

The level of the water directly behind the Three Gorges Dam rose 155 meters (510 feet). The added water volume raised the water level of the Yangtze River as far as 600 kilometers (375 miles) upriver.

The reservoir effect not only raises the water level, it widens the river and slows down its current. This is transforming a fast moving river into a slow river lake.

Nearest major city

The Three Gorges Dam is 615 kilometers (380 miles) east of Chongqing city and 670 kilometers (420 miles) west of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.

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