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 Churchill Falls Generating Station


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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)

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.


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.


Gardiner Dam.

Gardiner Dam by NewsTalk980CJME

Located in Saskatchewan, Canada, Gardiner Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 1967 (55 years since completion).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 64 meters and impounds up to 9.40 billion m3 of water. Gardiner Dam has a structural volume of 65.40 million m3 and an installed capacity of 186MW.

 

 Compare Gardiner Dam with Darwin Dam from Australia.

 Compare Gardiner Dam with San Luis Dam from United States.


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 stands at a height of 230 meters and impounds up to 4.36 billion m3 of water. Oroville Dam has a structural volume of 59.60 million m3 and an installed capacity of 819MW.

 

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

 Compare Oroville Dam with Alberto Lleras Dam from Colombia.


San Luis Dam.

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

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

The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 424MW. San Luis 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 Copeton Dam from Australia.

 Compare San Luis Dam with Jiangpinghe Dam from China.


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 Mangla Dam from Pakistan.

 Compare Garrison Dam with Eucumbene Dam from Australia.


Cochiti Dam.

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

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

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 Bakun Dam from Malaysia.

 Compare Cochiti Dam with Tehri Dam from India.


W. A. C. Bennett Dam.

Tour of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam (credit: Youtube/Shaw TV Northern BC)

Completed in 1968, W. A. C. Bennett Dam is a 54-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Hudson's Hope, British Columbia, Canada (North America).

The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 2,876MW. W. A. C. Bennett Dam stands 186 meters tall and can impound up to 7.40 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 43.70 million m3.

 

 Compare W. A. C. Bennett Dam with Bath County Pumped Storage Station from United States.

 Compare W. A. C. Bennett Dam with Blowering Dam from Australia.


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

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