Top 10 Largest Dams in the World

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  • Post last modified:November 12, 2021

Dams are constructing for the Purpose of Irrigation, Flood Control, Power Generation, Water Supply, Land Reclamation, Water Diversion, Navigation, Recreation and Aquatic Beauty. The Following largest Dams in the World are listed in Top 10 by Volume of Structure.

1. Syncrude Tailings Dam (Mildred MLSB)

This Dam also called as Mildred Lake Settling Basin (MLSB), the largest Dam in the World by Structure Volume about 540 to 720 million cubic meters Cubic Meters according to the report and the Height of the Dams structure 88 meters. The Dams built throughout 1976 to 1978 and Alteration and reconstruction till 1995, located in Fort McMurray Alberta in Canada.
Syncrude Tailing Dam Mildred MLSB

2. Tarbela Dam

Tarbela Dam located in Tarbela in Pakistan, construction begun in 1968 and completed on 1976 with the Cost of US $1,497 million. The Dam storage capacity (Structure Volume) is about 106 to 152 million Cubic meters with the structure height of 143 meters, The Dam created Tarbela Reservoir with the surface area of 250 square kilometers.


3. Syncrude Tailings Dam (Mildred SWSS)

This is part of the Syncrude Dam Classified as Mildred SWSS (South West Sand Storage) located in Fort McMurray Alberta in Canada.  The Dam Structure volume is around 119 million Cubic meters with the structure height of 50 meters, Dams was constructed in 2009 to 2010.
Syncrude Mildred SWSS

4. Fort Peck Dam

This is one of the Old Dam located in Fort Peck and constructed in 1933 to 1940 with cost US $100 million, the Structure volume of the dam is around 96 million cubic meters and Height of the dam structure is 76.4 meters. Fort Peck Dam creates Fort Peck Lake with the Surface of 245,000 acres.
Fort Peck Dam

5. Ataturk Dam

This Dam also named as Karababa Dam (Original Name) located in Sanliurfa in Turkey, constructed in 1983 to 1992. The Structure volume of the dam is around 84 million Cubic meters, height of the dam structure 166 meters and length is about 1819 meters. The Cost of the Dam project totaled around US $1.25 Billion.

6. Flevoland Dyke

Flevoland Dyke Dam located in Flevoland Province in Netherland Constructed in 1968. The Total Structure volume is around 78 million cubic meters and the dam stands in the height of 13 meters.
Flevoland dijk

7. Guri Dam

Guri Dam is constructed in 1963 to 1978 located in Necuima Canyon in Bolivar, the Dam Can Store Structure Volume around 70 million cubic meters its height from the construction surface is 162 meters. The Dam created by Caroni River and Creates Guri Reservoir that has Surface area about 4,250 square kilometers.

8. Gardiner Dam

Gardniner Dam is built on South Saskatchewan River located in Saskatchewan in Canada, the dam constructed on 1959 to 1967. The dam has a width of 1.5 km with height of 64 meters at its base, the Volume of the Structure is about 65.4 million cubic meters.
SK10d137 Gardiner Dam Control Towers, Lake Diefenbaker, SK 2010

9. Mangla Dam

The Mangla Dam which is constructed in 1961 to 1967 in Mirpur District in Pakistan, the dam built on the Jhelum River. The Dam rises 138 meter in height and 3.14 km in length, the structure volume is 65 million cubic meters.
Mangla Dam

10. Oroville Dam

Oroville is the Embankment Dam built on the Feather River located in east of the city Oroville in California of United States. The Dam has Height 230 meter, Length 2,110 meters and the Structure Volume 59.6 million cubic meters.
Oroville dam
Note: The Data on Volume of Structure is not as well available or authentic as Data on Dam height and Reservoir Volume.

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