Nuozhadu Dam, China – 261 m (856 ft). An embankment dam on the Lancang (Mekong) River . The dam creates a reservoir with a normal capacity of 21,749,000,000 m3(17,632,000 acre·ft) at a level of 812 m (2,664 ft). The purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production along with flood control and navigation
Tehri Dam, India – 260.5 m (855 ft). The highest dam in India. It is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam on the Bhagirathi River. It’s main purpose is electricity generation and it withholds a reservoir for irrigation and municipal water supply
Mauvoisin Dam, Switzerland – 250 m (820 ft). A concrete arch dam across the Val de Bagnes. Initial construction on the dam commenced in 1951 and was completed in 1957, with the reservoir filling by 1958. In 1991, the dam was raised to increase the capacity of the reservoir for winter storage. The dam’s primary purpose…Details
Norway has high levels of taxation and invests heavily in education. It devotes an annual expenditure of approximately £11,000 ($14,000) per pupil from primary to tertiary education – the third highest figure in the OECD.
A large proportion of adults in America have a university education – 43%. That is the fifth highest proportion in the OECD.*
*The OECD is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an intergovernmental group of 34 developed countries.
Australia is a well-educated country, and has a particularly high proportion of tertiary-educated adults. 43% of adults have trained at an institution after leaving school – that’s behind only Canada, Japan, Israel, Korea, the US, and the UK.
Inguri Dam, Georgia – 271.5 m (891 ft). A hydroelectric dam on the Inguri River in Georgia. The world’s second highest concrete arch dam
Vajont Dam, Italy – 261.6 m (858 ft). A disused dam, completed in 1959 in the valley of the Vajont River, 100 km north of Venice, Italy. A 1963 (9 October) landslide caused the overtopping of the dam and around 2,000 deaths. The overtopping was caused when the designers ignored the geological instability of Monte Toc…Details
Manuel Moreno Torres Dam, Mexico – 261 m (856 ft). An embankment dam and hydroelectric power station on the Grijalva River. After renovations, the hydroelectric power station is currently the largest in Mexico. The dam was designed in the early 1970s and constructed between 1974 and 1980 under topographical and geological constraints
A large majority of Switzerland’s population has attained a full secondary education: 86% of 25-64 year olds. The country spends a lot on it: an average of £12,500 ($16,000) per student per year, compared to the EU average of £7,500 ($9,500).