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auggie
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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
That photo is hard to tell anything about, but that appears to be a ladder, and either a shadow of it, or it could be rust discoloration maybe, but that would seem odd, off to the side of the ladder. I definitely see some rough concrete edges, but I don't know if that is recent damage, or rough finishing left during construction. We are talking about communist level construction, how good was their attention to detail to begin with?


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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
Here's a better picture.




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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
Looks like dirt deposit and debris to me


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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
Tropical storm Dindo Nuffin?


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tiggerthetooth
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This picture directly above is from the previous page. I think the person was pointing out the moisture cracks that are visible and theres a huge one behind that ladder. This picture gives a better angle.
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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
I’m not qualified to comment - but that looks dilapidated


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auggie
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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
That picture, the arrows are pointing to some type of capping, might be rubber that was stuck on with tar, on the top of the bulkheads, that are starting to fall off. Really not important structurally, but does indicate some half arse work. JMO.


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Bwmdx
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These pics look more legit.


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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
What do moisture cracks of that size mean structurally.


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Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?


No. China will open all the flood gates and spillways before they let it collapse. There will be massive flooding from them doing that but the dam will not collapse.


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No. China will open all the flood gates and spillways before they let it collapse. There will be massive flooding from them doing that but the dam will not collapse.



That could also cause it to collapse. The greater the flow rate out, the greater the stresses on the structure. There's no easy out.


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What do moisture cracks of that size mean structurally.



I wish I could tell you, maybe someone who works in structural engineering could explain.

The reason I referenced the moisture cracks was because the tweet with those photos was using them as a signifier the dam is in trouble because the same thing was observed on a dam that eventually failed in Italy. Also a dam in California suffered a similar fate.


I guess moisture cracks would show the concrete is becoming compromised and getting moisture in the concrete via the cracks could cause corrosion.
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TrueLefty
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Don’t know, but I bet China is about to sacrifice 10s of thousands of Chinese worker’s lives to get it fixed. I’d hate to be any person around that project, the Chinese government doesn’t care about humanity.


Have you been following what going on in America?


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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
Nope. None of us have. Because we are 100% focused on Three Gorges Dam.

What's it to you?


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Sid in Lakeshore
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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
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Have you been following what going on in America?
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TrueLefty


What exactly is happening in America that demonstrates a lack of care for humanity? This ought to be rich.


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No. China will open all the flood gates and spillways before they let it collapse. There will be massive flooding from them doing that but the dam will not collapse.



That could also cause it to collapse. The greater the flow rate out, the greater the stresses on the structure. There's no easy out.


Too much water can lead to cavitation and the turbulence associated with that is a bad deal


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honeybadger07
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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
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quote: Supposedly they may be diverting the water into other areas upstream. Can you flesh out the physics of that a bit. It seems China has found a loophole in gravity.


Divert water upstream before it reaches 3GD? Surely that isn’t to difficult for you to comprehend.


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Divert water upstream before it reaches 3GD? Surely that isn’t to difficult for you to comprehend.



Do you comprehend watersheds? If you divert water upstream it will still flow downstream back into the rivers controlled by the 3GD


auggie
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re: Is the Three Gorges Dam About to Collapse?
There are other dams upstream. If you take out levies and dykes on those lakes, and flood areas upstream that are contained by those dams, you can cut down the amount of water, that you are having to send into the lake that 3GD is containing. There are quite a few more dams upstream.


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