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AdventureAustria > News > Biggest dams in the world

Biggest dams in the world

On a recent visit to a dam here in Austria, which was mighty impressive (see photo), and following a discussion with a friend about the world’s biggest dams, I decided to do a bit of research and find out about the world’s biggest dams and how the one I visited rated amongst them….

I thought the Kölnbrein Dam in Carinthia (Kärnten) was pretty impressive at exactly 200 meters tall. I was convinced it was bigger than the Hoover Dam in America, so I did a bit of research.

I instantly found out that many dams claim to be the worlds greatest, biggest, oldest, longest etc etc. So it seems one has to decide what exactly what one is comparing it with. For example is the world’s biggest dam the one that holds the most water? Or the one that creates the most electricity? Or the longest? Or the tallest?

Biggest dams in the world

In my case I was very impressed with the height of the Kölnbrein dam. At 200 meters from top to bottom, it’s high! This is realised when you walk on the viewing platform with see-through floor! in fact in the summer months Bungey Jumping is on offer for those who want to find out exactly how high 200 meters is!

The top ten highest dams in the world are:

Nurek Dam 300 m Tajikistan

Xiaowan Dam 292 m China

Grande Dixence Dam 285 m Switzerland

Inguri Dam 271.5 m Georgia

Vajont Dam 261.6 m Italy

Manuel Moreno Torres 261 m Mexico

Tehri Dam 261 m India

Mauvoisin Dam 250 m Switzerland

Laxiwa Dam 250 m China

Alberto Lleras (Guavio) Dam 250 m Colombia

There are also some very large dams currently under construction.

The Hoover dam is in 22nd place at 221 meters tall which is 21 meters taller than the Kölnbrein dam which lies in 40th place.

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