|Malpasset Dam was an arch
It was almost 8 houses high.
It was not even one house wide at the bottom.
It failed not long after it was built in 1959, killing almost 500 people.
||The dam was located in France. |
It was built to provide water for drinking and for farms.
|Cracking was noticed in the Malpasset Dam just a few
weeks before it failed.|
No one is sure why exactly the dam failed.
Likely, the ground it was built on was not good.
This is a picture of what is left of the dam.
It was not rebuilt.
Maybe this dam could have been saved if
some computer simulations of the cracking were done. |
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