July 29, 2020

Here’s an illustration of the jaw-dropping scale of the world’s largest dams

Narrated by Fred Mills. Additional footage and images courtesy of Shihan Shan, Google Earth, SkyscraperPage, Haroon Sadiq, Omeas Mumtaz Siddiqui, Ahsan Miana, Mott MacDonald, Le Grand Portage, Iran Water and Power Resources Development Co, State Power Dadu Hydropower Development Co and Li Donghui.


  1. Quite impressive. I still remember, from an anthology in high school English, an essay on dams as seen from the air. It was by Wolfgang Langewiesche. He was a well-known test pilot and freelance writer in the 40s and 50s.
    His point was that an airplane gives the "most accurate" view of a dam's size because it shows the link of the structure joining the reservoir upstream, and the watershed downstream. In a well-designed dam system, the two will balance the water impounded, with the acreage to be watered for the people- to light their homes, to grow their crops, to furnish their recreation. Thus the link will be not too big, not too small, but just right!

  2. "Richard, do you want to get shot?" Tommy Lee Jones as U. S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in "The Fugitive", not a goat