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Conflict Over the Three Gorges Dam

The 2000's
The 2000's


Conflict Over the Three Gorges Dam
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.72

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    baiji, entranceways, sedimentation, controversial, controversy, hazardous, cubic, archaeological, frequency, nuclear, navigation, provides, navigate, originally, ports, man-made
     content words:    Three Gorges Dam, Yangtze River, Lake Superior, Gorges Dam


Conflict Over the Three Gorges Dam
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Is it a good idea? Is it a bad idea? Ever since the Three Gorges Dam was first proposed back in 1919, it has been a source of controversy. Finally in the 1990s, China decided to go ahead with plans to build the dam. In 1994, construction began.
 
2     The dam is on the Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world. It is huge. It is the largest hydroelectric power plant on Earth.
 
3     The dam is built of concrete and is nearly one and one-half miles long and 600 feet high. At the bottom, it is over 370 feet thick, at the top over 130 feet thick. Thirty-five million cubic yards of concrete were needed to build the dam.
 
4     The reservoir behind the dam is also huge. Water in the reservoir could reach a depth of over 500 feet. The reservoir is over 400 miles long, longer than Lake Superior. It will hold 9 cubic miles of water.

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