China's 15-year lesson in how not to build a dam

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China's 15-year lesson in how not to build a dam

Post: # 14290Post xierox
Sat May 20, 2006 7:57 pm

The last of 16 million tonnes of concrete will be poured in today, making Chairman Mao's dream of a reality, and giving China's current generation of engineers-turned-leaders the chance to proclaim another colossal step forward in the country's "harmonious development".

But the completion of the Three Gorges dam has been anything but harmonious. It is now being cited as a textbook example of how not to build a dam. Before it even starts operating, the giant hydro-electric scheme is threatened by silt - the solution to which is to pour yet more concrete into the Yangtse river. ... 37,00.html

- Xierox

Sometimes the light's all shining on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it's been.

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