List of largest dams in the world

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The following table lists the largest dams in the world by volume of structure. Be aware that data on volume of structure is not as easily available or reliable as data on dam height and reservoir volume.

Name[1] Country Year Structure Height [m] Structure Volume[2] [106 m3] Reservoir Volume [109 m3] Electrical Generation [MWe] Type
Syncrude Tailings Dam Mildred MLSB[3]  Canada 1995 88 540[4]/720 0.35 NA TE
Tarbela Dam  Pakistan 1976 143 106[5][6]/152[7] 13.7 3478 TE/ER
Syncrude Tailings Dam Mildred SWSS[8]  Canada 2010 40-50 119[4] 0.25[4] NA TE
Fort Peck Dam[9]  United States 1940 76.4 96 23 NA TE
Atatürk Dam[10]  Turkey 1990 166 84.5 48.7 NA TE/ER
Flevoland Dyke  Netherlands 1968 13 78[4] 0 [11] NA TE/ER
Oahe Dam[9]  United States 1963 75 70.3 29 NA TE/ER
Gardiner Dam[12]  Canada 1967 64 65.4 9.4 NA TE
Mangla Dam  Pakistan 1967 138 65.4 7.25 NA TE or TE/ER
Oroville Dam  United States 1968 230 59.6 4.36 NA TE/ER
San Luis Dam (B F Sisk Dam)  United States 1967 93 59.6 2.52 NA TE
Nurek Dam  Tajikistan 1980 300 54 10.5 3200 TE
Samara Dam (Kuybyshev Reservoir)  Russia 1955 52 54[4] 57.3 2315 TE or ER
Garrison Dam (Lake Sakakawea)[9]  United States 1954 64 50.8 29 NA TE
Cochiti Dam  United States 1975 76.5 50.2 0.73 NA TE
Aswan Dam[13]  Egypt 1970 111 44.3 169 2100 TE/ER
W. A. C. Bennett Dam (Williston Lake)  Canada 1968 186 43.7 7.4 NA TE
ASARCO Mission Mine Tailings Dam  United States 1973 30[14] 40.1 0 [15] NA ER
Fort Randall Dam (Lake Francis Case)[9]  United States 1953 50.3 38.2 6.7 NA TE/ER
Afsluitdijk  Netherlands 1932 13 36.5[4] 5.5 NA TE/ER
San Roque Dam  Philippines 2003 200/210 35[4] 0.835 NA TE or ER

Type: TE - Earth; ER - Rock-fill; PG - Concrete gravity; CFRD - Concrete face rock fill

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Talk:List of largest dams in the world#Phantom Dams
  2. ^ Talk:List of largest dams in the world#Structure Volume
  3. ^ D. Nicol (1994) "The Syncrude Mildred Lake Tailings Dyke Redesign", 18th Int. Congr. Large Dams.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Estimate based on height, dimensions from Google Earth and, where available, cross section. Accuracy ±15%
  5. ^ "Tarbela Dam (1977) | Structurae" (in (German)). En.structurae.de. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Tarbela Dam". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Power Generation". WAPDA. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  8. ^ "Microsoft Word - Baseline Report on Fluid Deposits revE" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  9. ^ a b c d http://`www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/projdata/summaryengdat.pdf
  10. ^ http://ipac.kacst.edu.sa/eDoc/2006/157250_1.pdf
  11. ^ Surrounds sunken land in the middle of a lake
  12. ^ http://www.swa.ca/Publications/Documents/FS-308.pdf
  13. ^ "Embankment dams | Structurae". En.structurae.de. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  14. ^ Estimate based on structure volume and dimensions from Google Earth
  15. ^ Zero reservoir size because full of tailings