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Ecological Disaster Possible In Three Gorges Area Of China

There is increasing evidence of potential serious ecological problems caused by construction of the Three Gorges Reservoir which is the largest dam in the world. Over 1.4 million people have already been displaced by its construction and it now appears an additional 4 million will have to be moved. According to experts, there is serious “ecological deterioration caused by irrational developments” which has resulted in the shores of the reservoir collapsing in 91 places with a total of 36 kilometers caving in. The presence of people only adds to environmental problems created by construction of the dam.

Prior to building the Three Gorges Dam, many environmental experts warned of potential dangers but the Chinese government was determined to have a massive dam. The results are evident in landslides and damage to the local ecology of the area around the dam.