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  1. 1950s-built dams in danger of collapsing

    Posted Jun 30th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shirley Wu Nearly 40 per cent of China's dams are in danger of collapsing if the wet weather continues and urgent maintenance is not carried out, an expert has warned. Shen Zhenzhong, a Hohai University professor of water resources based in Nanjing, attributes the problem to a lack of maintenance. Professor Shen said many of the dams, built in the 1950s, required large-scale ...

  2. Dam's flood control capacity overstated, experts say

    Posted Sep 01st 2010, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih The flood control capacity of the Three Gorges Dam is substantially less than officially stated, analysts and former officials say. The world's largest hydroelectric project was designed to be able to hold back 22.1 billion cubic metres of floodwater, but the dam's flood-control capacity will decrease to 18.7 billion cubic metres due to sedimentation ...

  3. Three Gorges Dam reaches full capacity- for an hour

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen It took 17 years for the water level at the Three Gorges Dam to reach full capacity- 175 metres- yesterday. But while it should have remained there for five months, by design, ... months,' the news agency quoted Cao as saying. He said the deformation of the dam structure fell within the predicted range, seepage was negligible, seismic activities quiet, ship locks normal, ...

  4. Dam, the consequences

    Posted Nov 21st 2010, 12:00am by Kenneth Howe

    ... and that project would come to be known as the Three Gorges Dam. Fifty-three years after the chairman predicted it would, the walls of stone have indeed changed the world, at least along the river's banks. But they have done so in unanticipated ways, with losses and gains experienced up and down stream. Many argue the Three Gorges Dam has delivered, albeit controversially, on two of its ...

  5. Mekong conundrum: does dammed mean damned?

    Posted Oct 18th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... hydropower dams, including the latest to be proposed: the Xayaburi dam in Laos. Authorities in Laos have put their faith in hydropower as a formula to lift the nation out of chronic poverty by selling electricity to Thailand and Vietnam. The Laotian government notified the Mekong River Commission in September of its plans to build a dam at Xayaburi, in co-operation with a Thai private ...

  6. Dam project contains seeds of catastrophic flood

    Posted Oct 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen The Yangtze River's banks downstream from the Three Gorges Dam are eroding too fast, and scientists say the culprit is clean water. That's right- the water is too ... in water science. He blamed clear water for the disaster. Natural sediment from upstream hit the dam and sank to the bottom of the reservoir, making the water coming out of the dam ...

  7. Three Gorges dam poised to hit full capacity

    Posted Oct 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen The Three Gorges dam reaches a pivotal point in its history today. The water level in the reservoir is expected to hit its full capacity of 175 metres for the first time since ... by 7pm yesterday, the China Three Gorges Corporation said. The extra water will push hydroelectric turbines harder to produce more electricity, prove the dam's flood-fighting ability ...

  8. Another challenge for giant dam

    Posted Jul 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai Having withstood the most severe floodwaters since its construction, the Three Gorges Dam is now facing a new challenge- massive amounts of floating debris washed ... more than 350 dead or missing and hundreds of thousands homeless in the past two weeks- subsides. The biggest deluge in over a decade this week provided the controversial dam with its toughest ...

  9. From hubris to humble pie: dam boosters mocked

    Posted Jul 24th 2010, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai Once lauded as a near-impenetrable wall capable of withstanding a deluge of a magnitude seen only once in 10,000 years, the Three Gorges Dam's importance ... have backpedalled from outlandish boasts and attempted to downplay the dam's ability to prevent major flooding. In June, 2003, while the dam was still being built, Xinhua said it would ...

  10. Dam withstands peak flood test

    Posted Jul 21st 2010, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai The controversial Three Gorges Dam met its toughest test yesterday- and cleared the first hurdle. When peak floodwaters hit at about 8am, a record 70,000 cubic metres of water was slamming into the massive dam every second. That is even more water than passed through that section of the Yangtze River during the catastrophic floods of 1954 and 1998. But the dam ...




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