22 Jul '16, 3pm

It’s Not a Bridge, and Not a Tunnel. Or, Maybe it’s Both? https://t.co/pZWnjaoPq6

It’s Not a Bridge, and Not a Tunnel. Or, Maybe it’s Both? https://t.co/pZWnjaoPq6

The gist of the idea is to suspend an underwater tunnel from floating pontoons. By the time you finished reading that sentence, you probably already had a list of things in your head that seem to make this a terrible idea. After all, it does seem to combine the worst aspects of both underwater tunnels and bridges. But, the idea may actually be a good one, and it’s already being seriously considered in Norway. You see, Norwegians have a fairly serious obstacle to long distance travel: fjords. The tradition way to cross a fjord is by ferry. One simply can’t ford a fjord – they’re just too deep. The deepest fjord in Norway, the Sogn, is almost a mile deep. That’s the same reason that a traditional underwater tunnel is impractical; putting a tunnel that deep underwater is inadvisable for a number of reasons, such as construction challenges, pressures at those depths, and unkno...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/07/22/its-not-a-bridge-and-not-a...

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