25 Tallest Dams In The World

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.

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20

Hoover Dam, Arizona

Hoover Dam

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.

19

Luzzone Dam, Switzerland

Luzzone Dam

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


18

Bhakra Dam, India

Bhakra Dam

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

17

Karun-4 Dam, Iran

Karun-4 Dam

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


16

Shuibuya Dam, China

Shuibuya Dam

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

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