The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dams



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Description: A dam is a barrier that stops or restricts the flow of water or underground streams. Reservoirs created by dams not only suppress floods but also provide water for activities such as irrigation, human consumption, industrial use, aquaculture, and navigability. A dam can also be used to collect water or for storage of water which can be evenly distributed between locations. Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water, while other structures such as floodgates or levees (also known as dikes) are used to manage or prevent water flow into specific land regions. In this Webquest, the student will see the importance of such an invention and the negatives that comes behind it.
Grade Level: 9-12
Curriculum: Technology
Keywords: Dams, barrier, gate, milldam , obstruction
Author(s): Hadi Daw

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