What is the World's largest dam?

Worlds Largest Dams

Do you mean in terms of dimensions or perhaps just height? or water held or power generated?
  • Itaipu Dam on the border of Brazil and Paraguay is the biggest dam in the world right now and has the largest power generators.
  • The largest complete structure is the Syncrude Tailings in Canada, at 540,000cu m or 706,320cu yards followed by Chapet�n and Pati, both in Argentina, New Cornelia Tailings in the US is 4th at 209,500cu m or 274,026cu yards.
  • The highest dam is the Rogun in Tajikistan.

But when completed in 2009

  • Three Gorges Dam, in Hubei Province, China, will be the world's largest dam and largest concrete structure and create the largest lake. The dam will be built across the 3 Gorges section of the Yangtze River. It will be a 610-foot high wall running about 1.3 miles from bank to bank. Requiring 12 years and tens of thousands of workers to complete, the dam will cost $29 billion, and will create a 370 mile long lake, a distance equal to nearly half the length of California, that will be visible from Earth orbit.

Here is the list of Top 10 Largest Dams in the world.

Akosombo Dam, Ghana

Guri Dam, Venezuela

W.A.C Bennett Dam, Canada

Ataturk Dam, Anatolia, Turkey

Three Gorges Dam, China

Hoover Dam, United States of America

Garrison Dam, United States of America

Itaipu Dam, Brazil / Paraguay

Oahe Dam, United States of America

Fort Peck Dam, United States of America