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      Srisailam Dam On Krishna River, Andhra Pradesh, India @

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      Bhakra Nangal Dam is a gravity dam across the Sutlej river Himachal Pradesh. Bhakra Nangal is the largest dam in India, with a height of 225 meters and second largest Dam in Asia. Its reservoir, known as the “Gobind Sagar Lake” it is the second largest reservoir in India, the first being Indira Sagar dam.

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      Punjab Canals and Rivers

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    China's Three Gorges Dam is not only the world's largest hydroelectric dam, it's also the world's single largest source of electricity. The construction of the dam has been convoluted: Preliminary plans began as far back at 1932 but construction but didn't start until late 1994; the dam isn't scheduled to be completely finished until 2011. The structure's estimated life is as short as 70 years; that was deemed long enough to justify the displacement of 1.24 million people.

    The Itaipu Dam, a partnership between Brazil and Paraguay, generated over 90,000 gigawatt hours of power in 2000—then a world record for hydroelectric generation. With a height of more than 196 meters, the dam stands as tall as a 65-story building. Its construction used enough steel to build 380 Eiffel Towers, along with 12.3 million cubic meters of concrete.

    Russia's Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam may not hold any records for its electricity generation, but other dams are no match for its sheer strength—the structure's stated ability to withstand 8.0-magnitude earthquakes has earned it a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Still, not even the world's strongest dam is immune to problems—a 2009 accident in which a turbine exploded resulted in the deaths of 75 people and 40 tons of oil spilled into the river.

    Situated over Canada's La Grande River, the Robert-Bourassa dam reaches 140 meters below the surface, making it the world's largest underground plant. The dam's centerpiece is a unique "giant's staircase"—each step is the size of two football fields—that sweeps water downward.

    Tarbela Dam - The dam forms the Tarbela Reservoir, with a surface area of approximately 250-square-kilometre (97 sq mi). The dam was completed in 1974 and was designed to store water from the Indus River for irrigation, flood control, and the generation of hydroelectric power.

    The power house connected to this dam resembles a cathedral, complete with stained-glass windows celebrating the engineers and bankers involved in the original construction, and small multi-colored terrazzo tile. The structure was completed in 1927.

    The Verzasca Dam, completed in 1965, is renowned for its beauty and its slender concrete arch. The design used less concrete than comparable dams, resulting in lower construction costs. When its reservoir was filled, small earthquakes were triggered.

    Mangla Dam - Is located on the Jhelum River in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is the sixteenth largest dam in the world.

    Oroville Dam - Is a rockfill embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville, California in the United States. At 770 feet (230 m) high, it is the tallest dam in the U.S. as of 2012, and serves mainly for water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control.

    W. A. C. Bennett Dam - Is a large hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northern British Columbia, Canada. At 183 m (660 ft) high, it is one of the world’s highest earth fill dams.

    Oanob Dam - is a dam outside of Rehoboth, Hardap Region, Namibia. Located 7km outside of Rehoboth, it dams the Oanob River and provides the town with a majority of its water. It has a capacity of 34.505 Mm3 and was completed in 1990, the year of Namibia's independence.

    Washington state's Grand Coulee Dam is the largest in the United States. Nearly a mile long and 503 meters wide, its base area is large enough to hold all the pyramids of Giza. At 115 meters high, the dam is more than twice the height of Niagara Falls. The dam also has a memorable role in folk music history—a governmental energy organization commissioned Woody Guthrie to write songs about the dam in the early 1940s, including "Roll On, Columbia, Roll On" and "Grand Coulee Dam."

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