Overview of Dams and Reservoirs in Evaporites

  • Petar MilanovićEmail author
  • Nikolay Maksimovich
  • Olga Meshcheriakova
Part of the Advances in Karst Science book series (AKS)


A number of dams and reservoirs constructed in soluble evaporite rocks all over the world have been affected by dissolution. From the beginning of the twentieth century, more than sixty dams have been affected by gypsum and salt dissolution problems. Some of the dams failed to retain water up to their design levels due to extensive leakage, some of them collapsed catastrophically, some others were abandoned, and some reservoirs suffer due to severe solute pollution of the stored water. Numerous dams in evaporites, mostly in gypsum, need rehabilitation: e.g., in Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Dagestan, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Peru, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Tajikistan, Tunisia, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petar Milanović
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nikolay Maksimovich
    • 2
  • Olga Meshcheriakova
    • 3
  1. 1.BelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Institute for Natural SciencesPerm State UniversityPermRussia
  3. 3.Institute for Natural SciencesPerm State UniversityPermRussia

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