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2010-11-04 12:14:20

The China Daily said that workers in central China have fished about 4,100 tons of rubbish out of the Three Gorges Dam reservoir in just six days as the trash threatened to jam up the massive structure. The Daily quoted Wang Yafei, head of the operation, as saying that the clean-up process, which started October 26 when the water level in the dam's reservoir hit its maximum capacity, saw 100 people sent out in 15 boats daily. The report said that over six days, the workers in Hubei province...

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2010-06-04 09:25:00

The Yangtze River in China is 40 million years older than was previously thought, according to new research. A study of minerals by a team led by Durham University reveals that the Yangtze River began to cut the Three Gorges area around 45 million years ago, making it much older than previously believed. The Yangtze River, the third-longest river in the world, has played a central role in the development of Chinese culture, and the Three Gorges, which separate the Sichuan Basin in the west...

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2009-09-14 10:25:00

China's controversial Three Gorges dam project has displaced 1.27 million people, as the government continues with its development, according to a state media report. A top dam construction official told Xinhua news agency in a report issued late Saturday that the number represents relocations as of the end of June. The Three Gorges dam is a hydroelectric river dam that stretches across the Yangtze River in Sandouping, Yichang, Hubei, China. Once completed, the dam will contain 32 main...

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2009-06-26 05:50:00

According to a senior Chinese official, China is planning to build a wind farm in its northwest region that will generate as much energy as Three Gorges Dam by 2020. The installation will expand the Gansu province's wind power base to more than 20 gigawatts, increasing wind based energy 10 fold, said Feng Jianshen, vice governor of Gansu province. "Gansu will have built a 'Three Gorges on the land' by then," he told the AFP, referring to the nation's 23-billion-dollar dam on the Yangtze...

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2009-04-21 08:43:35

China will construct 20 additional reservoirs in the Yangtze River system by 2020, the government announced Tuesday, regardless of mounting concerns about dam construction in the area. The numbers were pulled from comments made by a leading water resources official referring to future plans for the Yangtze that are available on the ministry's website. "At least 20 (new) reservoirs will be put into operation by 2020," vice minister Hu Siyi was quoted as saying. The boost was targeted...

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2008-12-18 15:05:24

State media said on Thursday that dozens of landslides in recent months due to rising water levels in China's giant Three Gorges Dam have damaged houses, land and infrastructure worth millions of dollars. China finally evacuated residents from the last town to be submerged by the massive 400-mile long reservoir on the Yangtze River in July, ending an exodus of some 1.4 million people that began four years ago. The world's largest dam aims to tame the river and provide cheap, clean energy for...

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2008-10-25 11:35:00

China's farmers and merchants should take advantage of new agricultural and business opportunities that could help mitigate some effects of the annual flooding behind the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, according to an Ohio State University wetland expert. The level of water in the reservoir behind the dam will top off at 575 feet above sea level during the coming winter. The reservoir pool, covering abandoned cities, houses and farm fields formerly populated by an estimated 1.5...

2008-10-08 09:00:24

Three Gorges reservoir raises water to target level YICHANG, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The water level in the Three Gorges reservoir reached the designated level of 156 meters on Tuesday after 10 consecutive days of water storage operation, improving navigation conditions on parts of China's longest river. On Tuesday, the water level had risen about 10 meters since Sept. 28 when this year's water storage plan went into operation, said the developer of the massive water conservancy project, the...

2008-09-29 09:00:28

China to raise Three Gorges Project's water level YICHANG, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- China is to begin raising water levels at the Three Gorges Project on Sunday, the developer of the massive water conservancy project announced on Saturday. The trial operation is set to begin at midnight Sunday. The water behind the dam would be raised to an unspecified higher level subject to conditions of the Yangtze River, where the project was built, the China Three Gorges Project Corporation (CTGPC)...


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