Dams are barriers that impounds water in them selves. Dams actually serve the purpose of retaining water . They are used as a primary objective to generate hydroelectricity. It can also be used to collect water for storage to evenly distribute it in the fields for irrigation. According to an estimation there is thought to have more than 850,000 Dams in the world. Hydroelectricity is the most cheapest and easily generated form of electricity, thus it is primarily used for electricity generation. Many countries have started constructing Dams to save the wasted water and to get some thing useful from this flowing water. All across the world there are hundreds of thousands of dams on hilly areas near rivers and canals thus to make the country strong. China has always been topping the world in getting the top position in everything. And it has also grabbed position No.1 in Largest Dams too. Lets have a look at The Top 10 Largest Dams in the World.
10. Cipasang Dam
Cipasang Dam is one of largest Dam in the world and is located in Indonesia and the dam is primarily used for power generation purpose. The height of the dam is about 660 feet and total length is 2110 feet. It has the 90,000 storage capacity for water . The dam is situated on River Cimanuk in Indonesia.
9. Lower Usuma Dam
The Lowe Usuma Dam is located in Nigeria and was completed in 1990. The expansion of the dam is still ongoing and is considered to be one of the largest dam in the world.. The water capacity storage of the Lower Usuma Dam is 93,000 Cubic Meter.
8. Fort Peck Dam
Fort Peck Dam is one of the oldest yet still largest Dam in 2012. With over 96,000 storage capacity in total to store water, the dam is located in Motana which is not very famous and renowned place but it is popular to be the 8th Largest Dam in the world.
7. Kambaratinsk Dam
The Kambaratinsk Dam situated in the Kyrgyzstan which is known as one of the hardest and rough hilly area with lot of inflictions. This is indeed a great success to make such a large dam in that vicinity. The Dam is operational and generating more than 2000 Megawatt of energy. The total storage capacity of water of this dam is approximately 112,200 cubic meter. The dam is located on the bank of Naryan River.
6. Terbala Dam
Terbala Dam is on the Indus River of Pakistan and remained the World’s Largest Dam in the world for many years. The dam was completed in 1974 and is operational since its completion. It is still the second biggest dam by structure after Three Gorges Dam of China. The dam has been really useful for Pakistan in preventing floods in the country and generating most of the power needs of the country. The total storage capacity of 121,000 cubic meters.
5. Newcorinelia Dam
The newcorinelia Dam in United States of America is really a unique kind of Dam. Amazingly the dam constructed here is not used for storage of water. The dam is used for storage of mining and the main source of electricity power generation by this largest Dam is coal. The coal storage capacity of the coal dam is 7.4 Billion Cubic feet.
4. Pati Dam
Pati Dam is located in Argentina and this dam was built for the reserve of water and power generation. It has one of the biggest water reservoir and lake. The size of the dam is 0.8 kilometers and a part of its operational. Some side of this dam is still under construction. The total claimed water storage capacity of this dam is 238,180 cubic meter.
3. Chapeton Dam
This is another dam from Argentina and is under construction yet but is said to be the third largest dam in the world. The volume of the dam is 296,200 cubic meter. About having the water lake of 30 km in the area, it is one of the world’s largest reservoir in the world.
2. Syncrude Tailing dam
The Syncrude Tailing Dam in Canada is the 2nd world’s largest Dam which was started in 1976. The dam which more than 540,000 Cubic meter storage capacity of water is strangely built on the Mildred Lake. The Tailing Dam is 11.3 long with the most of the power generation to different areas in Canada. It is the third largest dam by volume of construction too.
1. Three gorges dam
Three Gorges Dam is the World’s No.1 Largest Dam and is in China. The Dam was recently completed and is working have given China a really strong economical back. The dam is used for generation of electricity and according to the government of China, the Dam is able to generate 25GW of power. Interestingly the world’s largest power station is also located on this Three Gorges Dam. You can easily imagine the dam that the water reservoir of this dam is more than 600km long. Three Gorges Dam has a storage capacity of 39,300,300 cubic meter and is indeed one of the largest dam ever built on this planet.