World’s Largest Top 10 Dams – Check Them Out

Dams are the most necessary thing for every country since their usage is mammoth. And one of the main usages is to produce electricity out of them. They are made for various purposes including the generation of hydroelectric power, containment of water to form a reservoir and irrigation of lands besides few other usages. In this article, we will enlist the Largest Top 10 Dams in the world which are rated as the largest dams of the world. For more info about Largest Dams click here.

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Oroville Dam

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It is constructed in California, USA and is called a rockfill embankment dam. The dam is without any doubt the tallest one in the US carrying the height as 770 feet (230 meters). The dam started getting built in 1961 and got completed in 1968.

9

Mangla Largest Top 10 Dams

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Mangla Dam is situated in Mangla near the river Jehlum in Pakistan. This dam too was started constructing way back in year 1961 and its completion was done in 1967. It was built with the funds World Bank donated. The dam makes electricity and irrigates many farmlands.

8

Gardiner Dam

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The number eight dam too is located in Pakistan. The dam is situated on river Jehlum in Mirpur District (Azad Kashmir). World Bank had donated the funds for its construction and in 1967, the dam was complete for operation.

7

Guri Dam

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This dam, that is on 7th position on the list, is called Guri Dam. It is situated on the Caroni River in Bolivar State in Venezuela. The official name of the dam is Central Hidroeléctrica Simón Bolívar. In 1963, the construction began happening on the dam that was completed in 1978.

6

Flevoland Dyke

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This dam is situated in Flevoland that is a Netherland’s province located around its center. This province has the largest dam called Flevoland Dyke. This dam’s structure has volume of 78,000,000 cubic metres.

5

Atatürk Dam

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This dam is in Turkey and was named after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish Republic founder. This world’s largest dam’s construction started in 1983 and by the end of 1990, it was complete. The functioning of the dam and the dam itself was opened in 1992.

4

Fort peck Dam

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This one is also located in the U.S. And the interesting thing about this dam is that it happens to be the largest of all the six major dams situated alongside the river of Missouri in the U.S. In 1993, the construction of the dam began and it got completed by the end of 1940 with $100 million cost (of that time).

3

Dam Mildred SWSS

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This dam is the part of the Mildred Lake Project and is called the South West Sand Storage (SWSS) facility which got commissioned way back in 1993.The dam sits on the third position on the list.

2

Tarbela Dam

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Pakistan has three largest dams in the list of Top 10 Largest Dams of the World and the third one is Tarbela Dam. And this dam actually holds the 2nd position on the list. Thus you can say that Tarbela Dam is the world’s second largest dam. Located in Haripur on River Indus (Kyhber Pakhtunkhwa) in Pakistan, it is world’s biggest earth filled dam.

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Dam Mildred MLSB

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This one is the world’s largest dam and holds the number one position on the list. It is the biggest dam with construction volume material. The dam is located in Alberta, Canada.

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