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I Overview of Case and Analytic Approach Did you know that the Three Gorges Dam TGD is projected to be the worlds largest dam It will be nearly four times larger than the Hoover Dam with a height of 607 feet 185 meters and a length of about 14 miles Kosowatz 1999 Using a political ecology approach an explanation of the social and environmental impacts and outcomes of the Three Gorges Dam project TGDP will be provided I will first introduce the reader to the setting situation and problem The TGDP is located almost 750 miles south of Beijing and 650 miles west of Shanghai China In 1994 construction began on the TGD in Sandouping Village Yichang County in the Hubei Province The TGDP site was selected at Sandouping along the Yangtze River after about 15 other sites were studied for construction of the main Xiling Gorge The river valley at the construction site of the TGDP is relatively open and broad with the hills on both sides of the river fairly flat Chinagate 2005 providing a good-size lake right at the upstream of the dam As well the small islet of Zhongbaodao near the right hand side bank of the Yangtze River will be helpful for the river diversion project Apart from the Xiling gorge two other gorges will be constructed further west of the Yangtze River called the Qutang and Wuxia gorges When it is fully completed in 2009 Qing 1998 proclaims that the TGD will be the largest hydroelectic dam ever built creating a 600 kilometer long reservoir 4 Clearly the region around these three gorges will be one of the worlds most famous scenic sites In this paper I will examine the problems of human-induced degradation in the region due to the TGDP Specifically I will draw my analysis from two case studies one in the Wuqiao district of Wanxian city middle of TGD reservoir region and the other in
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