The Top Five Most Spectacular Dams in the World
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The Top Five Most Spectacular Dams in the World:
1. Contra Dam, Ticino, Switzerland
2. Mratinje Dam, Montenegro
3. Grande Dixence Dam, Hérémence, Switzerland
4. El Cajón Dam, Honduras
5. Hoover Dam, United States
Location: Ticino, Switzerland
Height: 220 m (720 ft)
Length: 380 m (1,250 ft)
Impounds (water source): Verzasca River
The surface area of the dam is 44,500 meters squared or 479,000 square feet.
This magnificent venue was used in the 1995 James Bond film, Golden Eye, when a stuntman jumps from the top.
Location: the northern corner of Montenegro (which borders the eastern European countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, and Croatia)
Height: 220 meters (722 ft)
Length: 268 meters (879 ft)
Impounds: Piva River
The dam opened in 1976 after five years of construction.
El Cajón Dam
Location: Western Honduras
Height: 226 meters (741 ft)
Length: 282 meters (925 ft)
Impounds: Comayagua River
Construction lasted five years from 1980 to 1985
Grande Dixence Dam
Height: 285 meters (the tallest dam in the world)
Length: 700 meters
Impounds: Dixence River
Commission Date: 1965
The dam is 200 meters (656 ft) thick at its base. The total amount of contrete used in this dam was roughly 6,000,000 meters3 or 211,888,000 cubic feet.
Location: Situated on the state borders of Arizona and Nevada in the United States
Height: 221 meters (726 ft)
Length: 379 meters (1,244 ft)
Impounds: Colorado River
The dam is 200 (660 ft) meters thick at its base.
Construction was started in 1931 and was ready for use in 1936. 112 people died during the construction.