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Slow fade refers to a move used by daters look­ing to cut ties with some­one with­out the drama, or de­cency, of a proper con­ver­sa­tion. It sees peo­ple slowly re­duc­ing the amount of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­fore it even­tu­ally dwin­dles into noth­ing­ness. Warn­ing signs in­clude slower text re­sponses, unan­swered phone calls and an re­luc­tance to ar­range fu­ture plans.

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Item­fromJuly21,1981,in Chi­naDaily:Thep­ar­tially com­plet­edGezhoubaDam, China’slargesthy­dro­elec­tric an­driver­nav­i­ga­tion­pro­ject, with­stooda­sev­erete­ston Sun­dayasaflood­passed down­theYangtzeRiver.

Morethan200,000peo­ple have­been­mo­bi­lizedto guardthedike­sa­longthe river’slow­er­reaches,where fer­ti­lerice­and­cot­ton­fields arethreat­ened.

The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hy­dro­elec­tric project, has gen­er­ated 1 tril­lion kilowatt-hours of power since op­er­a­tions be­gan in 2003. Con­struc­tion of the 180 bil­lion yuan ($26.6 bil­lion) project started in late 1994.

The dam, which has an in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 22.5 mil­lion kWh, is lo­cated in the mid­dle reaches of the coun­try’s long­est river, the Yangtze River, in Hubei prov­ince.

Last year, the dam gen­er­ated 93.5 bil­lion kWh of elec­tric­ity.

In ad­di­tion to gen­er­at­ing power, the project also con­trols flood­ing and helps reg­u­late the river’s ship­ping traf­fic.

It con­sists of a dam, 32 hy­dropower turbo-gen­er­a­tors with a gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 700,000 kWh each, a fivetier ship lock and a shiplift.

Dur­ing tor­ren­tial rains in south­ern China this month, the dam helped con­trol flood­ing by re­duc­ing water flow from 27,000 cu­bic me­ters per sec­ond to 8,000 cu m/s.

Au­thor­i­ties say the re­duc­tion stopped 3 bil­lion cu m of water from reach­ing down- stream and low­ered water lev­els by up to 1.5 m.

The dam is owned by China Three Gorges Corp.

The coun­try’s sec­ond­largest hy­dropower sta­tion, the Xilu­odu Dam in Yun­nan prov­ince, started op­er­a­tions in July 2013. As of last year, it gen­er­ated 160 bil­lion kWh of elec­tric­ity.

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