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2005-Sep-22, 08:44 AM
SUMMARY: China's Three Gorges Dam was recently photographed from above by the European Space Agency's CHRIS instrument on the Proba satellite. Since the sluice gates were closed in June, the water levels have risen 135 metres, and the dam will begin generating its first commercial electricity in August. More than 600,000 people were forced to abandon their homes, and the same number again will have to leave before the waters reach their planned 175 metre depth.

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2006-May-23, 02:50 AM
Structural construction was finished on May 20, 2006, nine months ahead of schedule.
Eventually, when all 26 generators are operational (projected for 2009 - with a combined generating capacity of 18.2 million kW) they will be able to generate 84.7 billion kWh electricity annually (about one-ninth of the nation's electricity consumption).

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Latitude 30.738914° Longitude 111.272636°
This image shows the dam nearing completion on May 15 2006. The Yangtze River flows from upper left toward upper right in the images.