A dam is a wall or barrier that is built across a river in order to stop or restricts the water flowing and to make a lake.
Reservoirs are created by dams not only overcome floods but also store water for activities such as irrigation, human consumption, industrial use, and aquaculture.
Without those, it is also created to produce energy as well as power generation.
Anyway, we are going to display and discuss some of the tallest dams in the world. Here are the Most 20 Largest Dams In The World Images.
Here Are Most 20 Largest Dam In The World Images
1. Bhakra Dam, India
Bhakra Dam is one of the tallest dams which is on the Sutlej River in Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh in northern India.
The dam produces the Gobind Sagar reservoir. It is placed at a ravine near the upstream Bhakra village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.
The height of the dam nearly 226 meters. The length of the dam is nearly 518.25 meters and the width is 9.1 meters.
Its reservoir is known as “Gobind Sagar” which can stock up to 9.34 billion cubic meters of water.
2. Chirkey Dam, Russia
The Chirkey Dam is the tallest arch dam on the Sulak River in Dagestan in Russia. The central mission of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it holds a 1,000 MW power station.
The foundation of the dam started in 1964, the first generator was operational by 1974, the last in 1976 while the project was formally finished in 1978.
It is the tallest arch dam in Russia. The dam is a 763 ft tall.
3. Contra Dam, Switzerland
The Contra Dam is the best known as the ‘Verzasca Dam’ and the ‘Locarno Dam’. It is an archway dam on the Verzasca River of Ticino in Switzerland which was recognized as the tallest dam in the nation.
The dam designs Lago di Vogorno 2 kilometers upstream of Lake Maggiore and supports the 105 MW Verzasca hydroelectric power station.
It was created between 1961 and 1965 and opening a short period after its reservoir was loaded, a list of quakes related to its water load occurred until 1971.
The dam is controlled and managed by Verzasca SA and it is the fourth tallest in Switzerland.
4. Deriner Dam, Turkey
Deriner Dam is tallest and double-arch curve dam on the Coruh River in Artvin Province in Turkey.
The central mission of the dam is energetic power generation and additionally flood controller.
The foundation on the dam started in 1998, the reservoir started to fill in February in 2012 and the power transmitter was closed by February in 2013.
It is the tallest dam in Turkey with 670 MW powerhouse. The dam is being performed by Turkey’s State Hydraulic Works and constructed by a consortium of Turkish, Russian and Swiss companies.
5. Dworshak Dam
Dworshak Dam is one of the tallest dams in the western United States which constructed on the North Fork Clearwater River in Clearwater County, Idaho in the United state.
The dam is established about 40 6 km northwest of Orofino. The Dworshak Reservoir’s main purposes are for flood controller and energy generation.
It’s the height of 219 meters. It is the third tallest dam in the United States of America.
6. El Cajón Dam, Honduras
The El Cajon Dam is formally well-known as Central Hidroelectrica Francisco Morazan. It is a hydroelectric power plant which is placed in Western Honduras.
The dam is the 15th highest dam in the U.S and the sixteenth highest in the world, as well as the highest curve dam in the western hemisphere.
7. Ertan Dam, China
The Ertan Dam is one of the tallest curve dams on the Yalong River in Sichuan Province in southwest China.
The dam has six hydroelectric dynamos, each with a generating capability of 550 MW. The construction of the dam began in September in 1991 and finished on December 26 in 1999.
8. Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam is another curve-gravity dam on the Colorado River which is located in northern Arizona in the United States.
The 220 m high dam was built by the (USBR) U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1956 to 1966. And forms Lake Powell.
It is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States.
9. Hoover Dam, Arizona
Hoover Dam is another longest and tallest curve-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River which is placed on the boundary between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona.
It was formed between 1931 and 1936 during the ‘Great Depression’. It was blessed on September 30 in 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
It was formally renamed Hoover Dam, for President Herbert Hoover in 1947.
10. Karun-4 Dam, Iran
The Karun-4 Dam is the tallest dam on the Karun River which is placed at 180 kilometers southwest of Shahr e Kord in the province of Chaharmahal in Iran.
The Karun has the highest outflow of all the Iranian rivers. Its architecture is aimed at an energetic power supply of 2107 million kWh yearly and restraining floods in the top Karun.
The dam is a double bend curve-type and 230 meters high from the base.
11. Laxiwa Dam, China
The Laxiwa Dam is another tallest dam in China. It is also an arch dam on the Yellow River in Qinghai Province in northwest China.
The dam is about 32 kilometers downstream of the Longyangxia Dam and about 73 kilometers upstream from the Lijiaxia Dam.
The principal purpose of the dam is energy power generation and it carries the highest station in the Yellow River pan.
12. Longtan Dam
Longtan Dam is a large roller-compacted concrete gravity dam on the Hongshui River in Tian’e County in China.
The dam is 709.3 ft high and 2,785 ft long. it is the highest of its kind in the world.
The dam is designed for hydroelectric power generation, flood control, and navigation.
13. Luzzone Dam, Switzerland
Lago di Luzzone is a famous reservoir in Ticino in Switzerland. The reservoir has dimensions of 108 million and a covering area of 0.49 sq mi.
It is placed in the higher Blenio valley, in the villages of Ghirone and Aquila.
The reservoir lies at a height of 1,606 meters above sea level and it is circled by peaks of over 3,000 meters. The curve dam, Luzzone was finished in 1963.
14. Mauvoisin Dam, Switzerland
Mauvoisin Dam is another famous dam across the Val de Bagnes in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.
The dam started in 1951 and was finished in 1957, with the reservoir filling by 1958. In 1991, the dam was constructed to expand the capability of the reservoir for winter storage.
The dam’s initial goal is hydroelectric energy generation. It is the eighth highest dam in the world, It rises 250 meters high and 520 meters long.
15. Mica Dam, Canada
Mica Dam was constructed as one of three Canadian projects under the terms of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty and the dam is administered by BC Hydro.
It was fully completed in 1973 under the terms of the treaty. However, the Mica substation had an initial generating capability of 1,805 megawatts.
16. Oroville Dam, California
Oroville Dam is an earth-fill breakwater dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville in California, in the Sacramento Valley.
It is the tallest dam in the U.S with 770 feet high. And it is created mainly for water supply, hydroelectricity generation, and flood controller.
17. Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam, Russia
The Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam is established on the Yenisei River, near Sayanogorsk in Khakassia in Russia.
The dam is the largest power plant in Russian’s history and the 9th-biggest hydroelectric plant in the world, by average power generation.
18. Shibuya Dam, China
The Shibuya Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Qingjiang River in Badong County in China.
The main object of the dam is hydroelectricity but it also supports flood control, navigation, tourism, and fish traps.
The 233 dam is the tallest concrete face rock-fill dam in the world.
19. Tehri Dam, India
The Tehri Dam is the tallest dam in India and it is one of the highest dams in the world.
It is an earth-fill breakwater dam on the Bhagirathi River nearly Tehri in Uttarakhand in India.
The Tehri Dam keeps a reservoir for irrigation, local water supply and the production of 1,000 megawatts of hydroelectricity.
20. Toktogul Dam
Toktogul Dam is an energetic plant and irrigation dam on the Naryn River in the Jalal-Abad Province of Kyrgyzstan.
It is the largest dam with a height of 215 meters and length of 292.5 meters. It is a part of the Naryn-Syr Darya cascade.
The dam is named after Toktogul Satilganov. It is also the largest power plant in the country.