25 Tallest Dams In The World

Posted by on December 19, 2014

Throughout history man has been building dams for various reasons, whether it was to prevent floods, generate electricity, or create a water supply. Starting thousands of years ago in the middle east as small walls, today dams are immensely huge power generation facilities that fulfill a number of tasks and take years to build. So, whether you recognize the impact these architectural wonders have had on your life or not, these are the 25 tallest dams in the world.


Toktogul Dam

A hydroelectric and irrigation dam on the Naryn River in the Jalal-Abad Province of Kyrgyzstan, this dam is the shortest on our list at 215 meters high.


Longtan Dam

Longtan Dam is a large roller-compacted concrete gravity dam on the Hongshui River in China. It stands at 216.5 meters.


Glen Canyon Dam

Named for Glen Canyon, a colorful series of gorges most of which now lies under the reservoir, the dam created the second largest artificial lake in the United States.


Dworshak Dam

At 219 meters, Dworshak is the third tallest dam in the United States and the tallest straight-axis concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere.


Contra Dam, Switzerland

Commonly known as the Verzasca Dam and the Locarno Dam, the Contra is an arch dam on the Verzasca River in Switzerland.


Hoover Dam, Arizona

Once known as Boulder Dam, the Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada.


Luzzone Dam, Switzerland

Featuring the world’s highest artificial climbing wall on one of its sides, this dam stands at 225 meters.


Bhakra Dam, India

This is a concrete gravity dam across the Sutlej River near the border between Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in northern India.


Karun-4 Dam, Iran

An arch dam on the Karun River in Iran its primary objectives are electric power supply and flood control.


Shuibuya Dam, China

Built not just for power but also to promote flood control, navigation, tourism and fishery, the Shuibuya Dam is 233 meters tall.


Chirkey Dam, Russia

This arch dam on the Sulak River is the tallest arch dam in Russia at 232.5 meters.


El Cajón Dam, Honduras

Officially known as Central Hidroeléctrica Francisco Morazán, this dam is a hydroelectric power plant located in Western Honduras.


Oroville Dam, California

At 230 meters high this earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River in California is the tallest in the United States.


Ertan Dam, China

This 240 meter high arch dam can be found on the Yalong River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Sichuan Province, southwest China.


Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam, Russia

Located on the Yenisei River, near Sayanogorsk in Russia, this dam is the largest power plant in the country and the sixth-largest hydroelectric plant in the world.