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The That Dam is a large stupa in Vientiane, Laos. Many Laotians believe it is inhabited by a seven headed dragon who tried to protect them from the armies of Siam, who invaded in 1827. It is also known as the Black Stupa. A stupa in Tibet A stupa (from the Sanskrit) is a type of Buddhist structure found across the Indian subcontinent and Asia. ... Pha That Luang temple. ... The Lao are an ethnic group of Southeast Asia. ... For the country formerly called Siam see Thailand SIAM is an acronym for Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. ... 1827 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


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Encyclopedia4U - Dam - Encyclopedia Article (1105 words)
Dams may be built to provide water for irrigation or town water supply, control the amount of water in rivers or to provide hydroelectric power.
Rock-fill dams are embankments of loose rock with either a watertight upstream face of concrete slabs or timber or a watertight core.
Earth dams are constructed as a simple homogeneous embankment of well-compacted earth, sometimes with a watertight concrete core or upstream face, or sometimes with a hydraulic fill to produce a watertight core.
dam. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05 (520 words)
Single-arch dams are curved upstream and are usually constructed in narrow canyons or gorges where the rocky side walls are strong enough to withstand the tremendous lateral thrust of the dam that is caused by the pressure of the water.
Dams may also be constructed with roller-compacted concrete, in which thin layers of concrete are compacted as if they were earth layers; this produces a far stronger dam, without the need for full forms.
The Oroville Dam, located in California, the tallest in the United States, is 770 ft (235 m) high; the Rogun Dam, in Russia, the tallest in the world, is 1,100 ft (335 m) high.
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