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World's Highest Dams

Name River, locationStructural
height
Gross
reservoir capacity
Year
completed
ftmThousands
of ac ft
Millions
of cu m
Rogun Vakhsh, Tajikistan 1,099 335 9,404 11,600 1985
Nurek Vakhsh, Tajikistan 984 300 8,512 10,500 1980
XiaowanLancang, China95829212,16115,000UC
Grande Dixence Dixence, Switzerland 935 285 324 400 1962
Inguri Inguri, Georgia 892 272 801 1,100 1984
Vaiont Vaiont, Italy 859 262137 169 1961
Manuel M. TorresGrijalva, Mexico8562611,3461,6601981
Tehri Bhagirathi, India 856 261 2,869 3,540 UC
Álvaro ObregónMextiquic, Mexico853260n.a.n.a.1926
Mauvoisin Drance de Bagnes, Switzerland 820 250146 180 1957
Alberto LlerasOrinoco, Colombia7972438111,0001989
Mica British Columbia, Canada 797 24320,000 24,670 1972
Sayano-Shushenskaya Yenisei, Russia 794 242 25,353 31,300 1980
ErtanYangtze/Yalong, China7872404,7025,8001999
La EsmeraldaBatá, Colombia7782376618151975
Kishau Tons, India 7742361,946 2,400 1985
Oroville Feather, Calif., U.S.770 235 3,538 4,299 1968
El Cajón Humuya, Honduras 7682344,580 5,650 1984
Chirkey Sulak, Russia764 233 2,252 2,780 1977
ShuibuyaQingjiang, China7642333,7134,580UC
Bhakra Sutlej, India 741 226 8,002 9,870 1963
Luzzone Brenno di Luzzone, Switzerland 738 22571 87 1963
Hoover Colorado, Ariz.-Nev., U.S.732 22328,500 35,154 1936
Karun-4Karun, Iran7282221,8802,320UC
Contra Verzasca, Switzerland 722 220 70 86 1965
Mratinje Piva, Herzegovina 722 220 713 880 1973
Dworshak North Fork Clearwater,  Idaho, U.S.717 219 3,453 4,259 1974
Glen Canyon Colorado, Ariz., U.S.710 216 27,000 33,304 1964
Toktogul Naryn, Kyrgyzstan 705 215 15,800 19,500 1978
Daniel Johnson Manicouagan, Canada 703 214 115,000 141,852 1968
Keban Firat, Turkey 68921025,110 31,000 1974
ZimapanMoctezuma, Mexico679207n.a.n.a.1994
Karun-3 Karun, Iran 6732052,351 2,900 1976
Lakhwar Yamuna, India 669204470 580 1985
Dez Dez, Abi, Iran 666 203 2,707 3,340 1963
Almendra Tormes, Spain 662 202 2,148 2,649 1970
BerkeCeyhan, Turkey659201n.a.n.a.2000
KhudoniInguri, Georgia659201n.a.n.a.n.a.
Kölnbrein Malta, Austria 656 200 166 205 1977
Altinkaya Kizil Irmak, Turkey 640 195 4,672 5,763 1986
New Bullards Bar No. Yuba, Calif., U.S.637 194 960 1,184 1968
New Melones Stanislaus, Calif., U.S.625 191 2,400 2,960 1979
Itaipu Paraná, Brazil/Paraguay 623 190 23,510 29,000 1982
Kurobe 4 Kurobe, Japan 610 186 162 199 1964
Swift Lewis, Wash., U.S.610 186 756 932 1958
Mossyrock Cowlitz, Wash., U.S.607 185 1,300 1,603 1968
Oymopinar Manavgat, Turkey 607 185 251 310 1983
Atatürk Firat, Turkey 604 184 39,482 48,700 1990
Shasta Sacramento, Calif., U.S.602 183 4,550 5,612 1945
Bennett WAC Peace, Canada 600 183 57,006 70,309 1967
Karakaya Firat, Turkey 591 180 7,767 9,580 1986
Tignes Isère, France 591 180 186 230 1952
Amir Kabir (Karad) Karadj, Iran 591 180 166 205 1962
Tachien Tachia, Taiwan 591 180 188 232 1974
Dartmouth Mitta-Mitta, Australia 591 180 3,243 4,000 1978
Özköy Gediz, Turkey 591 180 762 940 1983
Emosson Barberine, Switzerland 590 180 184 225 1974
Zillergrundl Ziller, Austria 590 180 73 90 1986
Los Leones Los Leones, Chile 587 179 86 106 1986
New Don Pedro Tuolumne, Calif., U.S.585 178 2,030 2,504 1971
Alpa-Gera Cormor, Italy 584 178 53 65 1965
Kopperston Tailings 3 Jones Branch, W. Va., U.S.580 177 1963
Takase Takase, Japan 577 176 62 76 1979
Nader Shah Marun, Iran 574 175 1,313 1,620 1978
Hasan Ugurlu Yesil Irmak, Turkey 574 175 874 1,078 1980
RevelstokeColumbia, B.C., Canada5741754,2985,3001984
Hungry Horse S.Fk., Flathead, Mont., U.S.564 172 3,470 4,280 1953
Longyangxia Huanghe, China 564 172 20,025 24,700 1983
Cabora Bassa Zambezi, Mozambique 561 171 51,075 63,000 1974
Maqarin Yarmuk, Jordan 561 171 259 320 1987
Amaluza Paute, Ecuador 558 170 81 100 1982
Idikki Periyar, India 554 169 1,618 1,996 1974
Charvak Chirchik, Uzbekistan 552 168 1,620 2,000 1970
Gura Apelor Retezat Riul Mare, Romania 552 168 182 225 1980
Grand Coulee Columbia, Washington 550 168 9,390 11,582 1942
Boruca Terraba, Costa Rica 548 167 12,128 14,960 UC
Vidraru Arges, Romania 545 166 380 465 1965
Kremasta (King Paul) Achelöus, Greece 541 165 3,850 4,750 1965
Pauti-Mazar Mazar, Ecuador 541 165 405 500 1984
NOTES: UC = under construction in 2005. n.a. = not available.
Sources: International Commission on Large Dams, World Register of Dams 2003, and other sources.

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