Top 10 Tallest Dams in the World

The construction of dams is determined by the flow of the river and the position of the surrounding area; most of the tallest dams are placed between valleys and hills, which makes the dam easier and stronger to build. Nurek Dam, located in Tajikistan, is now the highest in the world, standing at 300 meters. There are numerous tallest dams under construction, including 335m in Tajikistan and 312m Shungjiangkou Dam in China, which, when finished, might rank first and second on the list. When compared to other nations, China has several of the largest and tallest dams, and many of the tallest dams are currently under construction. After construction, China will have four dams in the top ten lists of the world’s highest dams.

Grande Dixence Dam
Photo by Erik Rudolfs via Flickr

The Following Tallest Man Made Dams in the World measured by Height from the bottom of the Construction of the Dams.

Name of the Dam
Construction Date
Inflow River
1Nurek Dam1961-1980300mVakhshNurek, Tajikistan
2Xiaowan Dam2002-2010292mLancangYunnan, China
3Grande Dixence Dam1953-1964285mDixenceHeremence, Switzerland
4Inguri Dam1961-1987271.5mInguriJvari, Georgia
5Vajont1957-1960261.6mVajontVenice, Italy
6Manuel Moreno Torres Dam1974-1980261mGrijalvaChicoasen, Mexico
7Tehri Dam1978-2006261mBhagirathiUttarakhand, India
8Mauvoisin Dam1951-1957250mBagnesValais, Switzerland
9Laxiwa Dam2004-2009250mHuang HeQinghal, China
10Alberto Lieras Dam1989250mGuavio RiverGuavio, Colombia

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