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Three Gorges Dam


Hydropower traces its roots to the water wheels used by ancients Greeks to grind wheat into flour. Today, China’s Three Gorges Dam is the largest electricity-producing power plant in the world. By harnessing the power of rivers and oceans, scientists have been able to create a sustainable energy source from water. Read on to learn more about hydropower.


Insights for Hydropower

  • The Energy Information Admistration provides official statistics on energy usage from the U.S. government. Statistics include the net generation from hydroelectric power by state.
  • Children learning about hydropower will benefit from the Energy Information Administration’s EIA Energy Kids site, which hosts a straightforward article about the basics of hydropower, accompanied by useful illustrations, diagrams and photographs.

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