The Largest Hydroelectric Power Stations

Term Paper Proposal

                                                Geography: Energy and Society


Suggested Title: The Largest Hydroelectric Power Stations


Interest in the topic: Hydroelectricity is one of the famous renewable energy to date. The power is generated by the moving water. In my paper I am going to investigate two world largest hydroelectricity power stations, Three Gorges Dam and Itaipu Dam. I believe that hydroelectricity is a sustainable resource for human society. But at the same time, I also hear the myth that the huge dam changes the rotation of the earth. Also, the dam cause the land loss and human involuntary migration. In this paper, I will try to investigate deeper in order to figure out how the dam impact to the geographical system and human society.



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Ribeiro, F. d. M., & da Silva, G. A. (2010). Life-cycle inventory for hydroelectric generation: A brazilian case study. Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(1), 44-54.

Wu, J., Huang, J., Han, X., Gao, X., He, F., Jiang, M., Jiang, Z., Primack, R. B., Shen, Z.. (2004). The Three Gorges Dam: An Ecological Perspective. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment2(5), 241–248.

Wilmsen, B., Webber, M., & Duan, Y. (2011). Involuntary rural resettlement: Resources, strategies, and outcomes at the three gorges dam, china. The Journal of Environment & Development, 20(4), 355-380.

Zhu, H., Xiang, S., Yang, K., Wu, X., & Zhou, X. (2008). Three gorges dam and its impact on the potential transmission of schistosomiasis in regions along the yangtze river. EcoHealth, 5(2), 137-148.









Expectation on the essay




  • What are you interested in (broad outline)?
  • Why should we care?
  • Limitations
  • Methodology
  • Plan


Main section(s)



  • Broader context / Different perspectives on your topic
  • More detailed description of your topic
  • Indicators, concepts (definitions) if relevant
  • Findings
  • Synthesis





  • Why was your work relevant?
  • What did you learn?
  • What should be the logical next step (or what else would be interesting)?


Scholarly Content –

Your term paper should include the following sections: introduction, main section(s), conclusion, bibliography, appendix

– Introduction: tell me what your main interest is (clearly defined research question), why I should care, how you will approach your topic and the limitations of your approach.

– Main section(s): either analytical or descriptive. Discuss main issue(s) and different perspectives on it. Material is well-focused (i.e., answers the research question). Your conclusion derives logically from your argumentation.

– You have built upon the argumentation found in your references.

– You should be careful to demonstrate that you understand the material covered and the terms and concepts used.

– No evidence of plagiarism, intentional or otherwise


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