Throughout history, man has created a dam, for various reasons, to prevent floods and natural disasters, to generate electricity or to create a water supply. It all started thousands of years ago in the Middle East, with small walls, dams and today play an important role for the production of electricity, performing a variety of tasks and requiring years to build. For awareness of the impact that these architectural wonders have on our lives, we present you the 25 highest dams in the world.
Longtan dam - a large concrete dam on the river Hongshui in China. At the height reaches 216.5 meters. This huge hydroelectric power plant was finally launched in 2009 and consists of nine hydro generators.
Glen Canyon Dam
Named for Valley Glen Canyon - a colorful series of gorges, much of which is now under water, the dam has created the second largest artificial lake in the United States. The height of the dam is about 219 meters.
At 219 meters high, Dvorak - the third highest dam in the United States and the highest pryamoosnaya dam in the Western Hemisphere.
Contra Dam in Switzerland
Also known as the Verzasca Dam or Locarno Contra - arch dam on the river Verzasca in Switzerland.
Hoover Dam in Arizona
Hoover Dam - one of the most famous and recognizable in the world, as well as the most visited by tourists. Once known as Boulder Dam - a concrete dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada.
Lutstsone dam in Switzerland
With the highest artificial steep wall in the world on one of its sides, the dam Lutstsone reaches 225 meters in height.
Concrete gravity dam across the river near the border Sutlezh between Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in northern India.
Karun 4 dam in Iran
Arch-type dam on the river Karun in Iran. The main purpose of the construction of Karun 4 - power supply and flood control.
Created not only for electricity generation, but also for flood control, navigation, tourism and fishing, Shuibuya dam is 233 meters high.
This arch dam on the river Sulak - the highest dam of its kind in Russia, with a height of 232.5 meters.
El Cajon Dam, Honduras
Formally known as Central hydroelectric behalf Francisco Morazan, this dam is located in the Western Honduras. Its height is 226 meters and the length - 282 meters.
Oroville Dam, California
At 230 meters high, the bulk dam was built on the River Fieser in California and is the highest in the United States.
Ertan Dam in China
This dam is 240 meters high rises majestically above the river Yalong, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Sichuan Province, southwest China.
Located on the Yenisei River, near Sayanogorsk in Russia, the dam - the largest power plant in the country and the sixth largest hydroelectric plant in the world.
Gus Mick in Canada
This dam height of 243 meters spans the Columbia River 135 kilometers north of Revelstoke, Canada.
Deriner dam in Turkey
Named after Deriner Ibrahim, who died during the work on the construction, as chief engineer of the research team, the dam is located on the river Soruh 3 miles east of Artvin, Turkey.
Laxiwa dam 250 meters high built on the Yellow River in Qinghai Province in northwest China.
Mount Blanc de Shelon in the background, the dam of the same name Movuazen formed lake in the Swiss Alps. The height of the dam is 250 meters.
This multi-purpose bulk dam of rocks, stones and earth built on the river Bhagirathi near the town of Teri in Uttarakande, India. Its height is 261 meters.
Vajont Dam in Italy
Coming out of the use of the dam north of Venice, Italy. In 1963, a landslide occurred dam that resulted in approximately 2,000 deaths.
Inguri Dam in Georgia
This hydroelectric dam on the Inguri River in Georgia - the second highest concrete dam arc type in the world.
Grande Dixence Dam
Concrete gravity dam on the river Diksens in Switzerland, the height of 285 meters, is the highest dam of this type in the world.
Syaovan Dam in China
Syaovan - arch dam on the Mekong River in China. Its main purpose is to provide hydroelectric power.
Nurek HPP dam
Nurek dam on the Vakhsh River in Tajikistan - currently the highest dam in the world, with a height of 300 meters.