Yangtze River and Three Gorges Dam


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This ASTER image, acquired on July 17, 2000 shows a 60 km stretch of the Yangtze River in China, including the Xiling Gorge, the eastern of the three gorges. In the left part of the image is the construction site of the Three Gorges Dam, the worldÔÇÖs largest. When the reservoir is filled in 2012, water will rise to a height of 175 meters, and extend 600 kilometers. The reservoir will submerge two of the three world-famous gorges. The dam is being built to control the flooding of the Yangtze River, that has killed thousands of people in the past. The image is centered at 30.8 degrees north latitude, 111.1 degrees east longitude.

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