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Acording to the World Book Hoover Dam is one of the highest concrete dams in the world. It stands in The Black Canyon of Colorado River. It contains a Hydroelectric Power Plant and a Reservoir. The dam is there to control the flood of the Colorado River and supplies water and electric power for much of the Pacific Southwest.

In 1928 Congress authorized the Boulder Canyon Project. The whole project cost about $385 million, the dam cost more than $175 million alone not counting the reservoir and the power plant. The project is on the Arizona-Nevada Boarder, which is about 25 miles Southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The whole dam project was completed in 1936.

Some facts about the dam,reservoir and, the power plant. The dam is 726 feet high and 1244 feet long. The elevators descend 44 stories into dam and still do not reach its base. The concrete base is 660 feet thick.It contains about 4.5 million cubic yards of concrete that's enough to pave a two lane highway from New York City to San Francisco. The reservoir can store 28 million acre-feet of water. the power plant has a capacity of about 1.5 million Kilo watts.

It was finally named Hoover Dam in 1947.


Pritchett, Edward C. "Hoover Dam."World Book. 2002 ed. 2002.

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