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About Dams

The pages in the "About Dams" section of this web-site are designed to give an introduction to dams and some of the issues associated with them. It has been written in a relatively simple style, so students can understand the information and use it for school projects.

Arch dam

Types

Some of the different types of dams

Uses

How dams are used

Spillways & Outlets

What spillways & outlets do

Designs

Professionals who design dams

Building

Methods of building dams

People and Environment

How people and environment are affected by dams

Safety

How dam safety is checked

Links

Links to other interesting web-sites

 

Additional photographs were kindly provided by Malcolm Dunstan, Halcrow Water, Andy Hughes, Jim Millmore, HR Wallingford, John Sawyer and Scottish and Southern Energy plc.