Three Gorges Dam

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Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam

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Environmental

Economic

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Chinese river dolphin-extinction (Yangtze River Cruises, 2014).

300 species of fish in the Yangtze River were not able to travel upstream to spawn(Yangtze River Cruises, 2014).

The dam created a barrier in the river.(Yangtze River Cruises, 2014).

A Map of the Three Gorges Damnews.bbc.co.uk

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Populations of the species decreased(Yangtze River Cruises, 2014).

Other affected species include the Chinese Alligator and Chinese Sturgeon which number less than one-hundred left in the river(Yangtze River Cruises, 2014).

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The 2011 flood caused 355 deaths (Bown, 2012).

The 2011 flood caused 10 million people to become homeless(Bown, 2012).

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Controlling flood (Bown, 2012).

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Generate more electricity(Yangtze River Cruises, 2014).

Provides power for 9 provinces and 2 cities, including Shanghai(Citipointe Christian College, 2015).

Increase shipping trade – meet the needs of a rapidly growing economy (Citipointe Christian College, 2015).

Shifting from the reliance on the burning of more than 30 million tonnes of coal per year(ClickView, 2009)

Eliminated the emission of 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide(ClickView, 2009).

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Hydroelectric power(Citipointe Christian College, 2015)

Generates 100 billion kilowatt of electricity(ClickView, 2009).

More than 565000 tourists visited Yichang city in 7 days(Bown, 2012).

Brought 192 million yuan ($30.45 million)(Bown, 2012).

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During the past 2000 years, floods have occurred approximately once every ten years on the Yangtze River(Parker, 2004).

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Many important cultural and historical sites are lost (Bown, 2012).

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1.3 million people wererelocated(Parker, 2004).

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Exorbitant cost of $100 billion (Parker, 2004).

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Multi-level ship lock has enabled large container ships (up to 10000 tonnes) to travel between Shanghai and Chongqing(Bown, 2012).

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Fuelling Chongqing’s rapid development(Bown, 2012).

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Rubbish floating on the Yangtze River after construction(ClickView, 2009).

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River garabage relief(ClickView, 2009).

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Created more jobs for people(ClickView, 2009).

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Might face geological disasters(ClickView, 2009).

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Water level rose from 135m to156m(ClickView, 2009).

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Will rise to175m, saturating both banks(ClickView, 2009).

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Make disasters more severe and frequent(ClickView, 2009).

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Trap sediment behind the dam(Parker, 2004).

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Coastal erosion and loss for farmland(Parker, 2004).

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Altered river’s chemical balance, temperature and flow velocity(Bown, 2012).

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In first 5 months, the reservoir caused 150 landslides(Bown, 2012).

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2011 flood in China.

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Generatiors of the Three Gorges Dam

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Cleaning rubbish on the Yangtze River.

www.thetimes.co.uk

Negative Impacts

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Tourists visiting the Three Gorges Dam.

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13 cities and140 towns were submerged(Parker, 2004).

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1350 villages were submerged(Parker, 2004).

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Positive Impacts


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