Some of the most arresting creations on Earth were shaped by natural forces. Seven of these—including Mount Everest in Nepal, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the northern lights in the Northern Hemisphere—are known as the Natural Wonders of the World, and they’re deemed the most captivating sights on the planet.
That said, there are some wonders of human engineering that are so spectacular, they actually rival those unassailable Natural Wonders. One of them, China’s Xiluodu Hydropower Station, stands a whopping six times higher than Niagara Falls. It was even awarded the Outstanding Project of the Year Award by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers last year.
When you see it for yourself, you’ll understand exactly why it’s garnering so much attention.
Built over the course of eight years for $11.2 billion, the Xiluodu Hydropower Station on China’s Jinsha River is six times as high as Niagara Falls.
Reaching 937 feet tall, the dam is the third-largest hydropower station in the world. It spews enormous jets of water—164 feet of it—per second.
The engineering and electrical work on the dam is so impressive, in fact, that the International Federation of Consulting Engineers awarded it the Outstanding Project of the Year award last year.
It works by converting the falling water’s kinetic energy into mechanical energy, which a generator then converts into electrical energy.
Seeing it in action is intense. Prepare to be blown away!
It’s always amazing what a group of talented engineers can design when they have the resources to pull it off. Just look at that thing! Crazier still: there are two even bigger dams out there in the world!
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