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The Three Gorges Dam project site in Yichang, central China's Hubei province.

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The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in Yichang, Hubei province.

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Flood water is released from the Three Gorges Dam's floodgates in Yichang, in central China's Hubei province.

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Workers clean up jetsom in the Yangtse River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, central China's Hubei province.

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Journalists take photos as flood water is released from the Three Gorges Dam's floodgates in Yichang, in central China's Hubei province.

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The Three Gorges Dam discharges water to lower the level in a reservoir in Yichang, Hubei province.

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The Three Gorges Dam discharges water to lower the level in a reservoir in Yichang, Hubei province.

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A general view of the three Gorges Dam Project discharging water to lower water level in the reservoir in Yichang, central China's Hubei province.

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A general view shows the Three Gorges Dam Project discharging water, to lower water level in the reservoir, in Yichang, central China's Hubei province.

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A general view of the ship locks of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in Yingchang, central China's Hubei province.

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This DigitalGlobe Quickbird satellite image obtained 09 September, 2004 shows the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China.

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A view of the Three Gorges Dam, which is near completion in Yichang, central China's Hubei province.

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This DigitalGlobe Quickbird satellite image obtained shows the Three Gorges Dam and surrounding area along the Yangtze River in China.

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A paramilitary policeman stands guard at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in Yichang, central China's Hubei province.

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A worker clears floating garbage on the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei province.

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View of a rubbish dump on the edge of drought affected Poyang Lake, which is China's largest freshwater lake and is connected to the Yangtze River in Jiangxi province.

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A resident stands near the polluted Dongting Lake in Hanshou county, central China's Hunan province.

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