Three Gorges Dam

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Introduction

The Yangtze River is the largest river in China, and the recently completed Three Gorges Dam is, fittingly, the largest dam and hydroelectric station in the world. The monumental construction project was completed in 2012 and produces the equivalent power of 15 nuclear plants. The dam also controls the previously devastating river floods but remains controversial because of its displacement of 1.3 million people and flooding of important cultural sites.

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