Kariba Dam


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Kariba Dam

(kärē`bä), hydroelectric project, in Kariba Gorge of the ZambeziZambezi
, river, c.1,700 mi (2,740 km) long, rising in NW Zambia, S central Africa, and flowing in an S-shaped course generally E through E Angola, along the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, and through central Mozambique to the Mozambique Channel of the Indian Ocean, near Chinde.
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 River, on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, S central Africa; built 1955–59. One of the world's largest dams, it is 420 ft (128 m) high and 1,900 ft (579 m) long. The Kariba project's generators supply electricity to the CopperbeltCopperbelt,
mining region, N central Zambia, central Africa. A natural extension of the mineral-rich region of SE Congo, the Copperbelt is one of the richest sources of copper in the world. Cobalt, selenium, silver, and gold are also produced.
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 in Zambia and to parts of Zimbabwe. Kariba Lake, the vast reservoir created by the dam, extends c.175 mi (280 km) and has a maximum width of 20 mi (32 km). The creation of the lake forced resettlement of about 50,000 people living along the Zambezi. In 1960–61, Operation Noah captured and removed the animals threatened by the lake's rising waters.
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The Kariba Dam in the northwest is only pro- ducing a third of its capacity due to low water levels as a result of the El NiEo drought.
The Kariba Dam in the northwest is only producing a third of its capacity due to low water levels as a result of the El Nino drought.
But ultimately the issue is the climate emergency, as people appreciate who are flooded out in Lincolnshire, as do Zambians and Zimbabweans suffering from drought which has left the Kariba dam only 29 per cent full, and those in North India's 40-day heatwave.
1960: The Kariba Dam on the Zambesi River was opened by the Queen Mother.
1960: The Kariba Dam on the Zambezi River was opened by the Queen Mother.
The change was wrought by the drowning of their land and the loss for some 57,000 people of their homes, fields and resources when Kariba Dam was filled.
Having spent the last 25 years living downstream from Kariba, I was naturally interested in the article on the repairs to Kariba Dam wall which you reproduced in your April/May issue--it is always good to get accurate up-to-date information rather than the ever-present rumours that are so eagerly circulated.
Though the spectre of the Mapata Gorge hydroelectric project is now but a bad memory, there is always the possibility that Zimbabwe and Zambia's need for electricity might prompt the powers that be to look again in that direction in the future; the ecology of the river is already dominated by the regulating effect of the Kariba dam. And if you want a real nightmare scenario, the Prophet Mkandiwa of the United Family Interdenominational Church has recently said that God has shown him a rare oil resource will be discovered in Zimbabwe.
1960: The Kariba Dam on the Zambesi River was |opened by the Queen Mother.
On June 20th, in a cloud of dust, fuelled by a thirst for adventure, Team Shake & Bake will set off in their MINI Countryman in search of their Checkpoints (Etosha, Victoria Falls, Kariba Dam, Lake Malawi), and finally to the finish line in Mozambique on July 6th.