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Our 8 Favorite Dams

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A graphic representation of the number eight made with multiple colors and pointed, instead of rounded, edges.
 

At Widen, we consider ourselves digital asset management (DAM) experts. But here’s the thing…we like all kinds of dams! And for good reason. Not only can they be simply awe-inspiring feats of engineering, but they also provide a range of economic, environmental, and social benefits; including recreation, flood control, water management, drinking water, hydroelectric power, and river transportation.

Here is a list of our top eight dams of all time.

 

8. Robert-Bourassa Dam

Where: Quebec, Canada

A picture of the Robert-Bourassa Dam with green grass and trees on each side and dam at the top, center of the image with stepped rocks in the middle.

 
With a height of 531 feet, this dam is as tall as a 53-story building. It includes 10 enormous steps — called the giant’s staircase — and the world’s largest underground generating station.
 

7. Verzasca Dam (or Contra Dam)

 
Where: Ticino, Switzerland 
 
Vertical image of the Verzasca Dam. A large, concrete structure on the right side of the images and trees and cliffs on the left and top.
 
 
In the opening scene of the 1995 film “GoldenEye,” a James Bond stuntman jumps from this dam into the Verzasca River below. It has since become a popular site for bungee jumping.
 

6. Roosevelt Dam

 
Where: Phoenix, Arizona—Salt River 
 
Arial image of the Roosevelt dam with desert landscape on both sides and dam in the middle with water on the top and bottom.
 
Credit: USGS
 
The location of this dam — called “the crossing” by early Arizona pioneers — was where Native Americans, farmers, and ranchers would ford the Salt River. Upon the dedication of the dam, former President Theodore Roosevelt said, “You could not have done anything which would have pleased and touched me more than to name this great dam, this reservoir site, after me, and I thank you from my heart for having done so.”
 
 

5. Fort Peck Dam

 
Where: Fort Peck, Montana
 
Image of Fort Peck Dam with arial views of the lake and land around the dam.
 
 
The Fort Peck Dam was President Franklin Roosevelt's largest public works project, giving jobs to over 10,000 people. It creates Fort Peck Lake, which is the fifth-largest man-made lake in the United States with more shoreline than the California coast. It's also the largest man-made hydraulic dam in the world.
 

4. Jean Claude Van Damme

 
Where: DVD (or a streaming service) 
 
Giphy image of Jean Claude Van Damme punching an opponent in the stomach.
 
Credit: Giphy
 
Best known for classic films like Bloodsport and Double Impact, this Belgian martial arts star is one of our favorite time-travelling, snake-punching action movie heroes.
 

3. The Hoover Dam

 
Arizona/Nevada border, Colorado River
 
Arial view of the Hoover Dam with brown rock and desert on each side and blue-green water on both sides of the dam.
 
 
This dam is an American icon! With enough concrete to pave a road stretching from San Francisco to New York City, its construction involved over 21,000 workers. It offers amazing views across the Black Canyon and attracts nearly a million tourists each year.
 

2. The world's largest beaver dam 

 
Where: Wood Buffalo National Park—Alberta, Canada 
 
Green marsh and trees and a lake covered in green.
 
 
Over the past several decades, beavers in the Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada have used mud, branches, stones, twigs, and grass to build a dam that's so large it can be seen in satellite imagery. At nearly half-mile long, it forms ponds and moats that protect the beavers from predators like wolves and bears.
 
 

1. The Widen Collective®

 
Where: The Cloud
 
Screenshot of the results page of the Widen Collective with download and share option boxes to show how this works in the Collective.
 

Of course we had to put ourselves on the list! After all, the Widen Collective® is engineered to be an award-winning DAM solution, it helps global brands around the world save energy through workflow efficiencies, and attracts millions of visitors every year.

Here are some more reasons why the Collective is at the very top of our list of dams. And if you want more Widen in your life, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.



Note: This article was originally published in June 2013 and has been updated to include new dam photos and facts.
 

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