Gravity dams are dams which resist the horizontal thrust of the water entirely by their own
Concrete gravity dams are typically used to block streams through narrow gorges.
Because it is there weight holding the water back, concrete gravity dams tend to use a large
amount of concrete. This can be expensive.
But many prefer its solid strength to arch or
Explore the links below to learn more about gravity dams.
- The Anatomy
- What do gravity dams look like? How are gravity dams different from the other types of dams?
- How it Works
- How do gravity dams hold back water?
- A Brief History
- What were gravity dams like centuries ago? How have gravity dams evolved?