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The construction of Yangtze River Three Gorges Dam is the largest flood control and hydroelectric project in China…

The construction of Yangtze River Three Gorges Dam is the largest flood control and hydroelectric project in China. The project was firstly proposed in 1920's and has been always a topic for debate in China. In 1994 construction began on the Three Gorges Dam, which will rank as the world's largest hydroelectric dam when it is completed in 2009. Both floods and droughts are common in the basin. Floods generally occur every two or three years. In addition to large floods, the Yangtze suffers a number of environmental problems, including slope erosion, sedimentation, and industrial and organic pollution from large cities. Today the Yangtze continues to be an extremely important inland waterway for commerce and industry. When Three Gorges Dam is completed, the dam will measure more than 200 m (600 ft) high and 1.6 km (1 mi) long, making it the largest in the world. The dam is designed to generate about 18,000 megawatts of electricity-more than any other hydroelectric facility in the world that will be distributed throughout central China. The dam is also designed to control flooding and improve navigation upriver…

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