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China's Three Gorges dam nears completion

BEIJING -- At a time when many countries are questioning the benefits of damming their rivers to harness electricity, China's government has announced it is almost finished building the World's largest dam.

Called the Three Gorges, it is a project 13 years in the making. The dam has taken 25,000 workers, and more than 16 million cubic metres of concrete to complete.

As engineers, many of whom have devoted their entire careers to the site, gathered for a celebration this week, the final concrete on the massive structure was poured.

Spanning the mighty Yangtze, the world's third-largest river, the dam stretches 2309 metres, and rises to a height of 185 metres.



Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sun May 21st, 2006 at 01:15:39 AM EST

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