Dams are the symbols of architectural marvels as well as technological progress of mankind. They are built to harness the natural resource water and use it for generating power and other productive purposes like agriculture and irrigation.
Listed below are the top 10 tallest dams in the world:
10. Tehri Dam
Standing 260.5 m tall, Tehri Dam in India comes next in the list. The tallest dam in the country lies over River Bhagirathi and is a source of hydroelectric power, besides being used for water supply to cities and irrigation.
9. Manuel Moreno Torres Dam
This 261 m high dam is located over the Grijvala River in Mexico and feeds the largest hydroelectric plant in the country. The dam was built in a period of 6 years, from 1974 to 1980.
8. Vajont Dam
The next name on the list is that of Vajont Dam in Italy, which stands 261.6 m tall over the Vajont River. This dam was disused because of a disastrous landslide in 1963, which resulted in flooding of the dam and tremendous loss of life and property. The defect in the design of the dam resulted in this tragic incident, which took toll of nearly 2000 lives.
7. Nuozhadu Dam
Another dam from China to make it among the top 10 dams in the world is the Nuozhadu Dam, which is 261 m high. Built over the Mekong River, this embankment dam serves diverse purposes of hydroelectric supply, navigation and flood control.
6. Inguri Dam
Inguri Dam in Georgia comes next among the tallest dams in the world. It is a concrete arch dam, which is built over the Inguri River and reaches a height of 271.5 m. The dam is a major producer of hydroelectricity.