Megaproject: A Case Study of China's Three Gorges Project

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Shiu-hung Luk, Joseph B. Whitney
M.E. Sharpe, 1993 - Business & Economics - 236 pages
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This volume translates crucial Chinese documents on a debate currently raging in China on a proposed project that has enormous implications for its environmental, economic, and social impact - the Three Gorges (Sanxia) Project on the Yangtze River. The most massive water resource project ever planned in China and one of the largest in the world, the Three Gorges Project would cost $1.1 billion to build, would necessitate the relocation of 1.1 million people, would flood a 375-mile-long area and thus destroy some of China's - indeed the world's - most beautiful scenery, and would threaten the extinction of a rare river porpoise. The editors seek to place the arguments in a clear and scholarly perspective that helps to make this book a valuable source of information.
 

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Contents

A Review of the Work during the Early Stages
40
The Features of the Three Gorges Reservoir
63
Comprehensive Assessment of the Ecological
71
The Three Gorges Project Should Not Go Ahead
110
Some Aspects of Sedimentation at the Three
121
The Flood Prevention Function of the Three Gorges
161
Resettlement Problem of the Three Gorges Project
176
How Much Investment Is Required by the Three
196
Assessing the Three Gorges Project from Three
207
Construction Data on the Three Gorges Dam
217
Bibliography of Publications in English
225
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