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 Jirau 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)

Completed in 1976, Tarbela Dam is a 46-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan (Asia).

The installed capacity of Tarbela Dam is 4,888MW. The embankment dam stands 143 meters tall and can impound up to 13.70 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 153 million m3.

 

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Crotty Dam from Australia.

 Compare Tarbela Dam with Oahe Dam from United States.


Fort Peck Dam.

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

Located in Fort Peck, Montana, United States, Fort Peck Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 1940 (82 years since completion).

The structural height of Fort Peck Dam is 76.40 meters while its structural volume of 96 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 23 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 185MW.

 

 Compare Fort Peck Dam with Gardiner Dam from Canada.

 Compare Fort Peck Dam with San Luis Dam from United States.


Atatürk Dam.

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

Atatürk Dam, also known as Karababa Dam, is an embankment dam located in Şanlıurfa-Adıyaman, Turkey, Turkey (Europe). It was completed in 1990 (32 years old).

The installed capacity of Atatürk Dam is 2,400MW. The embankment dam stands 166 meters tall and can impound up to 48.70 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 84.50 million m3.

 

 Compare Atatürk Dam with La Esmeralda Dam from Colombia.

 Compare Atatürk Dam with Altınkaya Dam from Turkey.


Houtribdijk.

Houtribdijk reinforcement: Building with Nature - Rijkswaterstaat

Houtribdijk is a dike system located in The region between Lelystad and Enkhuizen, Netherlands (Europe). It was completed in 1968 (54 years old).

The structural height of Houtribdijk is 13 meters while its structural volume of 78 million m3.

 

 Compare Houtribdijk with Afsluitdijk from Netherlands.

 Compare Houtribdijk with La Grande-4 from Canada.


Oahe Dam.

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

Oahe Dam is a 59-year-old embankment dam (completed in 1963). It is located in Hughes/Stanley counties, South Dakota, United States (North America).

The structural height of Oahe Dam is 75 meters while its structural volume of 70.30 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 29 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 786MW.

 

 Compare Oahe Dam with Llyn Brianne Dam from United Kingdom.

 Compare Oahe Dam with Çetin Dam from Turkey.


Mangla Dam.

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

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

The installed capacity of Mangla Dam is 1,000MW. The embankment dam stands 147 meters tall and can impound up to 7.25 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 65.40 million m3.

 

 Compare Mangla Dam with Macagua Dam from Venezuela.

 Compare Mangla Dam with Bakun Dam from Malaysia.


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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