On November 8, 1997, engineers diverted the Yangtze River to make way for the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province, China. The dam is the world’s largest power plant, capable of generating 98 million megawatt-hours of electricity every year. Building the dam took 16 years and cost $30 billion.The Three Gorges Dam is one of the most controversial engineering projects in history. While the Chinese government stresses a need for power generated by the dam, its construction displaced more than a million people. The dam flooded archaeological sites and caused the probable extinction of the Yangtze River dolphin.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry archaeological site Noun
place where evidence of the past is being studied by scientists.
having the ability to do something.
questionable or leading to argument.
structure built across a river or other waterway to control the flow of water.
set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow of electric charge.
process of complete disappearance of a species from Earth.
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
power plant Noun
industrial facility for the generation of electric energy.