taipu is a hydroelectric dam on the Parana River located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.
The name "Itaipu" was taken from an isle that existed near the construction site. Itaipu, from the Guarani language, means "singing stones".
The Itaipu Dam was listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, in a list compiled in 1995 by the American magazine Popular Mechanics.
The amount of concrete used to build the Itaipu Power Plant would be enough to build 210 football stadiums the size of Maracanas.
The iron and steel used would allow for the construction of 380 Eiffel Towers. The maximum flow of Itaipu's spillway is 62.2 thousand cubic metres per second, it is equivalent to 40 times the average flow of the Iguazu Falls. The flow of two generators (700 m3·s-1 each) is roughly equivalent to the average flow of the Falls (1500 m3·s-1).
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