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Great Wall across the Yangtze DLESE Reviewed Collection
This program provides an overview of the issues surrounding the construction of the Three Gorges Dam across the Yangtze River in China. When it is completed, this dam will produce the energy of 15 nuclear power plants and tame some of the river's deadliest floods. However, it is also the subject of much controversy. Topics include the loss of important archaeological, cultural, and paleontological sites, the displacement of large numbers of people, threats to endangered species, and loss of natural habitat in the path of the rising water.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1995-2004, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-408
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Populations, resources, environments
    • 9-12:
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
      • How physical systems affect human systems
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Editor: Danny McGuire
KQED-TV