The Three Georges Project in China is a dam, reservoir and hydropower facility on the Yangtze River in China. It is the largest in the world. It has been heavily criticized, but is only the first phase of planned hydropower development in the Yangtze Basin. Its original purpose was flood control.

As the water behind the dam has risen nearly to the projected 575 foot depth, concerns have been raised that the water is causing landslides. This is denied by spokesmen for the government committee which oversees the dam, the Three Gorges Project Construction Committee, and the company which built the dam, the China Yangtze River Three Gorges Project Development Corporation. [1] It seems obvious that lubrication of unstable soils on the steep hillsides on the shore of the rising reservoir would cause some slippages.[2]


  1. "China Says Three Gorges Dam Is Not Responsible for Landslides" article by Jim Yardley in The New York Times November 28, 2007
  2. Personal observation by Fred Bauder
Price tag is 24.65 billion $.

roughly 1.1 to 1.3 will be froced to evacuate area.

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