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to Arch Dams
An arch dam is a curved dam which is dependent upon arch action for its strength.
Arch dam are thinner and therefore require less material than any other type of dam.
Arch dams are good for sites that are narrow and have strong abutments.
Explore the links below to learn more about arch dams.
- The Anatomy
- What do arch dams look like? How are arch dams different from the other types of dams?
- How it Works
- How do arch dams hold back water?
- A Brief History
- What were arch dams like centuries ago? How have arch dams evolved?