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In pictures: Three Gorges trials
Shipping approaches dam on 16 June
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The boat lock on China's flagship Three Gorges Dam has undergone its first trials in a glare of publicity.
Ferry in boat lock, 16 June
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The five-tier lock- said by China to be the world's biggest - is built to take boats of up to 3,000 tonnes.
The dam's permanent boat lock
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The lock was being tested ahead of its scheduled opening to all shipping on 20 June...
Aerial view of the dam
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...when vessels will be able to pass from the Yangtze river into the Three Gorges.
Builders have lunch at the dam
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There is a mood of relief at the dam, but work will go on until 2009 when it should achieve its target water level.
Cracks in the dam filled with concrete
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At the same time, the existing structure is already showing faults, with China admitting to 80 cracks to date.

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