CBSE Notes – Social Science- Geography- DAMS- CLass 10

Posted: August 15, 2008 in Geography, Social Science


What is a dam?



Dams are massive barriers built across rivers and streams to confine and utilize the flow of water. This barrier creates a lake, reservoir or an impoundment. Dams are used for human purposes such as irrigation and generation of hydroelectricity.


The first known dam was built in 2900 B.C. across the Nile River to protect the city of Memphis from flooding. Dam build was continued into the time of the Roman Empire, after which dam construction was literally lost until the 1800s. Dams are a structure also seen in nature – beavers build dams to keep the water deep enough to cover the openings to their homes, protecting them from predators. 


Jawaharlal Nehru declared dams as the “Temples of modern India”. Some of the important Indian dams are –  

Bhakra Nangal Dam




Reasons to build a dam:



*    Generation of hydroelectricity


*    Irrigation. These are often diversion dams, which stop a river’s natural course so that water can be sent off to a different place.


*    Control flooding. These are called detention dams, which are constructed to either stop or slow the amount of water in a river.


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  3. prepareforcbseexams says:

    Thanks Kangana and Ayesha….this is an important portion of this particular chapter. These extra notes will help to present your answer in a beautifyl manner and not regular, similar answer from book.
    Will be posting Question Bank and more extra notes soon.

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