The Three Gorges dam is affecting the Earth’s rotation


This is the largest dam in the world, the Three Gorges dam, located in China, and is catching the attention of NASA scientists, there is a possibility of interfering with the rotation of the Earth. This colossal structure, made by the human hand, is located in Hubei province and is considered the largest hydroelectric power station on our planet.

The Three Gorges Dam, “長江 三峽 大壩” in traditional Chinese, is the hydroelectric power station with the second largest dam and dam in the world. When it is full, the water reaches 175 meters above sea level and 95 meters above river level. The dam houses 632 square kilometers of water and generates about 22500 MW of energy.

Three Gorges was built on the Yangtze River, the largest river in China and was built in 1993 and completed in 2006. It is 2309 meters long and 185 meters high. Approximately 27,200,000 cubic meters of concrete and 463,000 tons of iron were used in its construction (the equivalent to build 63 Eiffel Towers).

We know that there are situations that can influence the way the Earth revolves around its own axis. This large amount of water, more properly 39.3 cubic kilometers of water, can influence the rotation of planet Earth. This dam, at its maximum load, with 22500 MW of power, has this capacity.

The way it influences the rotation of the Earth is as follows:

The greater the distance from the mass of a body to its axis of rotation, the slower it will rotate. That is, the same happens when an athlete of figure skating wants to run very fast: to achieve this, it begins to rotate with the arms open and then puts the arms next to the body, approaching the mass of these of the axis of rotation and giving him So more speed. So, it is with planet Earth.

It was the NASA Space Agency that confirmed that really, whenever the dam reaches its maximum capacity level, it is possible that it is affecting the movement of the Earth due to the moment of inertia.

And according to his studies, when the dam at its maximum capacity, the planet is affected in its form, making it more rounded in the middle and flattened at the poles. As for the rotation of the Earth, it increases the duration of the day by 0.06 microseconds. Given this conclusion from NASA scientists, it seems, there is no cause for concern, at least for now.

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