Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kariba Dam in Zambia

Kariba Dam with all six gates open

postmarked in 1969 with a Zambia Dancer 8n stamp

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The Kariba Dam is a hydroelectric dam in the Kariba Gorge of the Zambezi river basin between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is one of the largest dams in the world, standing 128 m (420 ft) tall and 579 m (1,900 ft) long.

The double curvature concrete arch dam was constructed between 1955 and 1959 at a cost of $135,000,000 for the first stage. Final construction and the addition of the Kariba North Power cavern was not completed until 1977 due to largely political problems for a total cost of $480,000,000.

Eighty-six men lost their lives during construction.


ONeal said...

How fun would it be to drive over that dam?! Cool stamp.

9teen87 said...

My hands would be in the air and I would be screaming Weeeeeeeee! Lol

ONeal said...

I hope that would be a fun "weeeeee!" and not one of terror! LOL

9teen87 said...

A fun one for sure!!!!

ONeal said...

Ok, good. It would be a shame to go all the way to Zambia just to have the daylights scared out of you. LOL