Largest Dams by Structural Volume
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  Overview

The structural volume of a dam is the total space occupied by the materials forming the dam structure computed between abutments and from top to bottom of dam. The abutment refers to the part of the valley side against which the dam is constructed.

The largest dam in the world by structural volume is Tarbela Dam of Pakistan at 153 million m3. At second and third, are Fort Peck Dam with a structure volume of 96 million m3 and Atatürk Dam at 84.50 million m3.The structural volumes of major dams in the world range from 0.10 million m3 to 153 million m3, with the average being 22.0 million m3.

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Burdekin Dam


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Here are the largest dams by structural volume in the world.

Tarbela Dam.

Tarbela Dam Aerial View (credit: Youtube/Mountains Spot)

Tarbela Dam is an embankment dam located in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan (Asia). It was completed in 1976 (46 years old).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 143 meters and impounds up to 13.70 billion m3 of water. Tarbela Dam has a structural volume of 153 million m3 and an installed capacity of 4,888MW.

 

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Fairbairn Dam from Australia.

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Eucumbene Dam from Australia.


Fort Peck Dam.

Drone over Fort Peck Dam (credit: Youtube/ Gunner Benavente)

Fort Peck Dam is a 82-year-old embankment dam (completed in 1940). It is located in Fort Peck, Montana, United States (North America).

The installed capacity of Fort Peck Dam is 185MW. The embankment dam stands 76.40 meters tall and can impound up to 23 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 96 million m3.

 

 Compare Fort Peck Dam with Pantabangan Dam from Philippines.

 Compare Fort Peck Dam with Darwin Dam from Australia.


Atatürk Dam.

Turkey 23 Ataturk Dam (credit: Youtube/Murray Moss)

Completed in 1990, Atatürk Dam is a 32-year-old embankment dam. It is also known as Karababa Dam and is located in Şanlıurfa-Adıyaman, Turkey, Turkey (Europe).

The structural height of Atatürk Dam is 166 meters while its structural volume of 84.50 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 48.70 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 2,400MW.

 

 Compare Atatürk Dam with Macagua Dam from Venezuela.

 Compare Atatürk Dam with Irapé Dam from Brazil.


Houtribdijk.

Houtribdijk reinforcement: Building with Nature - Rijkswaterstaat

Completed in 1968, Houtribdijk is a 54-year-old dike system. It is located in The region between Lelystad and Enkhuizen, Netherlands (Europe).

The dike system stands 13 meters tall and its structural volume is 78 million m3.

 

 Compare Houtribdijk with La Grande-4 from Canada.

 Compare Houtribdijk with Churchill Falls Generating Station from Canada.


Oahe Dam.

Diving the Oahe Dam in Pierre, SD (credit: Youtube/The Mitch)

Oahe Dam is located in Hughes/Stanley counties, South Dakota, United States (North America). The embankment dam was completed in 1963 (59 years old).

The installed capacity of Oahe Dam is 786MW. The embankment dam stands 75 meters tall and can impound up to 29 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 70.30 million m3.

 

 Compare Oahe Dam with Tehri Dam from India.

 Compare Oahe Dam with Macagua Dam from Venezuela.


Mangla Dam.

Mangla Dam | Mirpur Azad Kashmir (credit: Youtube/Kashmir TV)

Mangla Dam is located in Mangla, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan (Asia). The embankment dam was completed in 1967 (55 years old).

The structural height of Mangla Dam is 147 meters while its structural volume of 65.40 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 7.25 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 1,000MW.

 

 Compare Mangla Dam with Jiangpinghe Dam from China.

 Compare Mangla Dam with Fort Randall Dam from United States.


Gardiner Dam.

Gardiner Dam by NewsTalk980CJME

Completed in 1967, Gardiner Dam is a 55-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Saskatchewan, Canada (North America).

The structural height of Gardiner Dam is 64 meters while its structural volume of 65.40 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 9.40 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 186MW.

 

 Compare Gardiner Dam with Jiangpinghe Dam from China.

 Compare Gardiner Dam with Wyangala Dam from Australia.


Oroville Dam.

Oroville Dam Aerial Video - Feb 16 2017 (credit: Youtube/Cal OES)

Completed in 1968, Oroville Dam is a 54-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Oroville, California, United States (North America).

Oroville Dam is the 3rd tallest dam in North America. The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 819MW. Oroville Dam stands 230 meters tall and can impound up to 4.36 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 59.60 million m3.

 

 Compare Oroville Dam with Scotts Peak Dam from Australia.

 Compare Oroville Dam with Garrison Dam from United States.


Dams Lists

Largest Dams by Installed Capacity (MW): world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Tallest Dams: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Structural Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Reservoir Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Largest/tallest Dams by Type: Arch Dams | Embankment Dams | Gravity Dams | Arch-Gravity Dams | Buttress Dams


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