The 10 most beautiful water dams from around the world
Water dams are not just concrete masses that hold water in one place. Many times they are also impressive.
In this article, we'll show you 10 water dams around the world that really deserve attention.
1. Mooserboden Dam, Austria
The town of Kaprun (located in the Federal Republic of Salzburg) with the surrounding Alps is one of the famous and sought-after locations. In addition, the Mooserboden water dam is located in the Kapruner Tal Valley.
Located at 2036 m.a.s.l and consists of two huge dam walls dividing the Höhenburg Mountains. The dam was built between 1947 and 1955 and serves to generate electricity.
2. Vidraru Dam, Romania
Vidraru Dam is located in Romania on the Arges River. It was completed in 1966, creating a lake of the same name.
The dyke has an arched shape and its primary purpose is the production of electricity. It is 166 meters high, the arc is 305 meters long, the circumference is up to 28 kilometers long. Vidraru Dam also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
3. Contra Dam (Verzasca), Switzerland
The Contra dam is located on the Verzasca River in Ticino, Switzerland. The dam forms the Lake Vagorno and supports the Verzasca hydroelectric power station.
The dam was built between 1961 and 1965 and is the fourth largest in Switzerland. It is especially famous for her Golden Eye Bond movie and has become a favorite place for bungee jumping enthusiasts.
4. Ataturk Dam, Turkey
Ataturk Dam was originally called Karababa. It is a zoned dam that originated on the Euphrates River in the Turkish Southeast Anatolia region.
It was built to generate electricity and to irrigate flat areas throughout the region. The dam was built between 1983 and 1990 and became the third largest in the world.
5. Roselend Dam, France
Surrounded by mountains, Roselend Dam is located east of the Beaufort Chamber in the Savoie Valley in the Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France. It was built between 1955 and 1962.
The reservoir was filled in 1960 and the plant has been in operation since 1961. The main purpose is to produce hydroelectric power. The Roselend Dam is particularly impressive because it offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
6. Hoover Dam, Nevada, USA
The concrete arch of the Colorado River in the United States is also known as the Hoover Dam. It lies at the border of Arizona and Nevada. It is 220 meters high (the second highest in the US) and 379 meters long. The dam lake is 185 km long and 180 meters deep.
This water work is named after President Hoover, who let it built in the 1930s. The dam serves to generate electricity. Because of the past floods in the Colorado River, the construction of this dam was also a necessity for the area.
7. Gordon Dam, Tasmania, Australia
The Gordon Water Dam is a large arch dam with double curvature and controlled overflow. Located on the Gordon River in southwestern Tasmania, Australia, it was built between 1974 and 1978.
In addition to being the highest water dam in Tasmania, it is also the fifth highest dam across Australia. The Gordon Dam serves hydroelectric power produced by a power station located beneath the dam. With 100% retained water capacity, the impressive dam creates the largest lake in Australia, named Gordon.
8. Seli'š Ksanka Qlispe ’(formerly Kerr Dam), Montana, USA
The dam with the unusual name of Seli’s Ksanka Qlispe was named until 2015 as the "Kerr Dam" by the president of the power plant that built it. However, as it stands in an Indian reservation, individual tribes bought the entire power plant over time and renamed the dam.
The concrete dam is located on the Flathead River in Montana and was built between 1930 and 1938. It serves not only to produce hydroelectric energy, but also to recreation and irrigation.
9. Monticello Dam, California, USA
Priehrada Monticello is located in Napa County, California, United States. It was built between 1953 and 1957.
It is a concrete vault dam with a construction height of 93 meters, situated on the Putah Creek. Water from the reservoir mainly supplies agriculture in the surrounding areas. However, the dam is popular especially for its well-known, uncontrolled funnel-shaped fall, which the locals call "The Glory Hole".
The dam was built in 1983. It also supplies electricity to San Francisco.
10. Khlong The Dan Dam, Thailand
The construction of this spectacular water dam was completed in 2005. The dam is 93 meters high, 2,720 meters long and holds first place in the consumption of concrete for its construction - a total of 5.5 million cubic meters of compacted concrete.
The dam was primarily designed for irrigation in the Nakon Nayok River area. Behind the dam there is a small park where you can observe the surrounding beautiful scenery.
The European Union Water Framework Directive 2000 program, after 18 years of operation, did not reach the results expected after its first phase.