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Three Gorges Dam Most Majestic

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As well as being the world’s largest dam, China’s magnificent Three Gorges Dam also appears to be functioning as the world’s largest garbage strainer.

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Torrential rains have seen the dam discharging record amounts of water, estimated at 70,000 cubic metres a second.

However, rains have also washed record amounts of rubbish into the dam, threatening to impede its operation unless authorities can remove the tons of garbage now collecting there (admittedly the fault of floods and Chinese attitudes to waste management rather than anything to do with the dam itself).

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Aside from the dam’s unintended rubbish collecting abilities, its environmental impact is generally thought to have been highly favourable – the power it provides is said to have replaced the burning of millions of tons of coal and allowed increased river traffic.

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