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The Atatürk Dam is one of the largest buildings of its kind in the world. It is located in Turkey
, in Anatolia, on the border of Şanlıurfa and Adıyaman Province, on the Euphrates River, about 25 km from the city of Bozova
. The Atatürk Dam is a part of the GAS project, which aims to build 22 dams on the rivers Euphrates and Tigris. The Atatürk Dam is the fifth dam built on the Euphrates River. Two dams - Keban and Karakaya, had been built before, and there are other two dams downstream - Birecik and Karkamış. The main function of the dams is irrigation of the land in southern Anantolia and power production. The Atatürk Dam was built between 1983 - 1990. It also includes a water power plant built in 1992. The water surface covers an area of 817 km2
, while the total volume of water is 48.7 km3. The rock-fill dam is 1,820 m long and 170 m high. The water power plant produces annually 8,900 GWh of electric energy. The construction of the dam cost $ 1.25 billion. The dam is suitable for fishing, while the surroundings are used as a recreational area.
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