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Dams

The Dnieper Hydroelectric Station in Ukraine was built in the 1920s to harness the power of the Dnieper River; the dam created the Dnieper Reservoir behind it.

The Ord River Dam provides irrigation for 150km² of farmland in Western Australia and created Lake Argyle - Australia’s largest man-made lake.

Billions of dollars have been spent turning the Mississippi-Missouri into one of the most managed rivers in the world.

The Narmada Valley Project proposes a series of dams along the Narmada River to provide irrigation and hydroelectricity for the region.

Wivenhoe Dam on the Brisbane River was built after the 1974 flood to protect Brisbane; its lake can hold more water than Sydney Harbour.

The Glen Canyon Dam, to the north-east of the Grand Canyon, is the second largest dam on the Colorado River.

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The Dnieper River, Ukraine at 13,000m - Barriers along this transport artery

 

Wyndham, Australia at 13,000m - The largest man-made lake in Australia

 

Brisbane, Australia at 10,000m - The power of the Brisbane River

 

The Grand Canyon, USA at 4,000m - Volcanoes and dams

   

The Narmada River, India at ground level - Damming the river

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