Largest Dams in North America 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 North America by structural volume is Fort Peck Dam of United States at 96 million m3. The second largest dam by structure volume is Oahe Dam at 70.30 million m3, while the third largest is Gardiner Dam at 65.40 million m3.The structural volumes of major dams in North America range from 2.20 million m3 to 96 million m3, with the average being 37.6 million m3.

 Compare Fort Peck Dam with Gardiner Dam


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Here are the largest dams by structural volume in North America.

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.


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.


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.


San Luis Dam.

San Luis Reservoir (credit: Youtube/Drone Film Production)

San Luis Dam, also known as B.F. Sisk Dam, is located in Merced County, California, United States (North America). The embankment dam was completed in 1968 (54 years old).

The installed capacity of San Luis Dam is 424MW. The embankment dam stands 116 meters tall and can impound up to 2.14 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 59.37 million m3.

 

 Compare San Luis Dam with Oahe Dam from United States.

 Compare San Luis Dam with Hirakud Dam from India.


Garrison Dam.

Garrison Dam - June 8, 2011 (credit: Youtube/NDNationalGuard)

Garrison Dam is an embankment dam located in McLean/Mercer Counties, North Dakota, United States (North America). It was completed in 1954 (68 years old).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 64 meters and impounds up to 29 billion m3 of water. Garrison Dam has a structural volume of 50.80 million m3.

 

 Compare Garrison Dam with Campos Novos Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Garrison Dam with Fort Randall Dam from United States.


Cochiti Dam.

Cochiti Dam - Taming the Rio Grande by Executive Productions - Seattle

Cochiti Dam is an embankment dam located in Cochiti Pueblo, Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States (North America). It was completed in 1975 (47 years old).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 76.50 meters and impounds up to 0.73 billion m3 of water. Cochiti Dam has a structural volume of 50.20 million m3.

 

 Compare Cochiti Dam with W. A. C. Bennett Dam from Canada.

 Compare Cochiti Dam with Scotts Peak Dam from Australia.


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