There is an excellent front page article on the Three Gorges Dam in the Aug. 29 edition of the Wall Street Journal. In The Coming China Wars, I discuss the problems with the Three Gorges Dam in detail. Here’s an excerpt:
Today, the poster child for
The dam has a ship lift with a carrying capacity of 11,500 tons that is more than twice the height of any existing ship lift. Three Gorges also sports the largest hydroelectric station in the world, with an installed capacity equal to about 15 large nuclear power plants—18,200 megawatts.
At present, the Three Gorges Dam is basking in the glow of its apparent success. Mind-boggling in its size and audacity, and often likened to
Now here’s the other side of the Three Gorges coin: If ever there were a disaster waiting to happen, it is this very same dam. For starters, the dam is located close to a major earthquake fault line, which is even more a concern because the dam has experienced numerous cracks. At one point,
For more details, check out The Coming China Wars and the WSJ. If that dam ever fails, it will kill more people than any single engineering failure in history. Even if it doesn’t fail, it is likely to do considerable damage in
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