Presentation on theme: "1994 – 2006……?. Largest hydroelectric dam in the world Largest construction project for China since building the Great Wall Chinese government claims."— Presentation transcript:
Largest hydroelectric dam in the world Largest construction project for China since building the Great Wall Chinese government claims it has a positive impact on the region It has a $25 + billion price tag Construction started in 1994 and some aspects of the design are still continually being worked on
Yangtze River is the longest river in China at 4,000 miles. For thousands of years it has been both a positive and negative aspect within the region. Provides water for 380 million people and half of China’s food is grown along its banks Overflows at times, and its floodwaters can kill thousands of people and leave millions homeless. T.G.D. could put an end to the devastating floods
It is the world’s largest hydroelectric plant Designed to generate more than 18 million kilowatts of electricity That is equal to the level of output of 18 nuclear power plants
Supporters --Energy & commercial benefits --More people in China’s future means they need MORE energy sources --More water available for irrigation --Allows large ships/tourist vessels to reach cities far upstream=economic growth Opponents --Huge environmental and human costs --As water rises, pollutants in soil and in chemicals in abandoned factories will leach into the river— therefore threatening aquatic life and drinking water. --Archaeologists estimate that 8,000 unexcavated sites will be lost forever in a tomb of water. (cont. on next slide)
Opponents --It will submerge hundreds of farms, villages, and nearly 13 major cities. --Nearly two million people will have to abandon their homes.