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Three Gorges Dam complete

Sunday Express 20/05/2006

The Three Gorges Dam is located in China and spans the Yangtze River. Work on the hydroelectric dam was completed on May 20th 2006. It then took until 2012 for the dam to become fully operational. The dam was designed to help prevent floods as well as increasing the river's shipping capacity and providing large amounts of energy.

The project received controversial feedback outside of China. Landslides have become an issue due to erosion in the reservoir itself. The area surrounding the dam and the river itself are home to numerous wildlife species, including several endangered species, which have all lost habitats to the project. People were displaced and moved from their homes due to partial or complete flooding of the land by the reservoir. Despite issues, China considers the project a success.

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