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2327. Dam : A barrier usually on an important scale across a watercourse, for the purpose of impounding water or creating a reservoir (i) to raise water level, (ii) to divert water therefrom into a conduit or channel, (iii) to create a hydraulic head that can be used to generate power, (iv) to improve river navigability by means of regulated releases of stored water, and (v) to retain debris.
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The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydro-electric dam in the world
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