The other day, as I was scouring the office for something (to be honest, I don’t remember what it was) and I found an old document that had some interesting statistics on Shasta Dam and Shasta Lake, which I thought were just too good not to share.
Shasta Dam is 47 feet higher than the Washington Monument.
The spillway is three times as high as Niagara Falls, water cascading 460 feet when spilling over the crest, and creating the world’s highest man-made waterfall.
The two turbines now installed in Shasta Power Plant use 160 tons of water every second.
Thirteen hundred miles of one-inch cooling pipe embedded in Shasta Dam would extend from San Francisco to Chicago.
Shasta Dam contains enough concrete to construct a three foot sidewall around the world at the equator 4 inches thick.
Shasta Dam contains enough sand and gravel to fill 244,000 railroad cars or a railroad train 2,080 miles long extending from San Francisco to Chicago.
Shasta Dam is as high as the combined height of the Great Pyramid of Cheops and Niagara Falls.
Shasta Dam contains twice the volume of material fo the Great Pyramid of Cheops, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Shasta Dam contains enough steel in the form of reinforcement, gates, valves, conduits, penstocks, etc., to construct a flotilla comprising one Essex class carrier, and four modern destroyers.
There is enough steel in the 5 penstocks alone to construct three modern destroyers.
Shasta Reservoir, when full, will contain one trillion four hundred seventy billion, one hundred fifty million gallons of water, or more than 10,000 gallons (equivalent to one and a half railroad tank cars) for each U.S. inhabitant.
The lake when filled weighs six and one quarter billion tons.
Shasta Dam in volume contains approximately twice the volume of concrete of Boulder Dam or one half the volume of Grand Coulee Dam.