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Old 1st September 2018, 07:52 AM   #1
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Would a bridge from Alaska to Russia serve any purpose and is it even possible?

Some engineers whimsically suggest that this bridge is possible but very difficult to make. Would such a structure serve any purpose at all?
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Old 1st September 2018, 08:13 AM   #2
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Technically possible? I expect so. Of course you can just drive across about half the year anyhow. The governments frown on that, of course.
Economic value? None that I can see.
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There's been a fair old amount of talk about it already:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bering_Strait_crossing
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Old 1st September 2018, 09:44 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Technically possible? I expect so. Of course you can just drive across about half the year anyhow. The governments frown on that, of course.
Economic value? None that I can see.
Yeah, I don't see the purpose of spending monstrous amounts of money to connect two frozen wastelands where virtually no one wants to live. There are thousands of bridges in the US that are actually useful on which more money needs to be spent.
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Originally Posted by Babbylonian View Post
Yeah, I don't see the purpose of spending monstrous amounts of money to connect two frozen wastelands where virtually no one wants to live. There are thousands of bridges in the US that are actually useful on which more money needs to be spent.

Call it the TRUMP BRIDGE, and I’m sure someone would support it.
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Kind of silly between two sparsely populated land masses. And it's not likely to be a trade route.
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Old 1st September 2018, 12:16 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Technically possible? I expect so. Of course you can just drive across about half the year anyhow. The governments frown on that, of course.
Economic value? None that I can see.

I heard the ocean doesn't freeze but maybe I am wrong
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Old 1st September 2018, 12:29 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by MinnesotaBrant View Post
I heard the ocean doesn't freeze but maybe I am wrong
You might want to watch Deadliest Catch sometime. While oceans/seas don't turn into ice from top to bottom, they can absolutely freeze over. The salt in the water doesn't prevent freezing, it only lowers the temperature at which it freezes.
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I would think that if there was a critical mass of cars wanting to cross, somebody would come up with a ferry service.
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Originally Posted by Mojo View Post
Call it the TRUMP BRIDGE, and I’m sure someone would support it.
Or the William Jefferson Le Ptomaine bridge.
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Originally Posted by Brainster View Post
I would think that if there was a critical mass of cars wanting to cross, somebody would come up with a ferry service.
First you'd need for there to actually be roads to the area.
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Some engineers whimsically suggest that this bridge is possible but very difficult to make. Would such a structure serve any purpose at all?
Only if you are planning a new land war in NE Asia.
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so that Sarah Palin could tell Russia to 'cut it out' if necessary
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We need to build that bridge!
It's high time that those Asian who came over the Bering Strait are sent back home!
ICE, do your job!
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Only if you are planning a new land war in NE Asia.
You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia."
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You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia."


(Risk-y bidness, all those dotted lines look like bridges!)
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Wales, Alaska has a population of 150 people and an average temperature of 21o F.

That sounds like a terrible place to build a bridge.
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Originally Posted by Loss Leader View Post
Wales, Alaska has a population of 150 people and an average temperature of 21o F.

That sounds like a terrible place to build a bridge.
It sounds like a terrible place to build a convenience store.
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It sounds like a terrible place to build a convenience store.
But a wonderful place for a liquor store.

Or to sell meth.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
But a wonderful place for a liquor store.

Or to sell meth.
That's what I like about you, always looking on the bright side of life. Maybe they could build a bridge out of liquor and meth.
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Is there anything in the general vicinity of either side of the bridge that

a) anyone wants?
and
b) wouldn't be easier to send some other way?
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There's far more traffic congestion waiting to get up Mt. Everest. Why don't we build a stairway?
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Given the extreme low temperatures wouldn't a tunnel be a better idea?
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You would build a railway line for trade. It could work out to be very useful. Although still not economic.
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Wales, Alaska has a population of 150 people and an average temperature of 21o F.

That sounds like a terrible place to build a bridge.
There's a bridge from Lubec, Maine to Campobello Island, NB pop 800 where the weather is almost as bad.

Difference being the Alaskan bridge would be almost 60 miles long and the longest on the planet for car traffic doubling the length of any existing North American bridge. The above is a few miles if that.
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Call it the TRUMP BRIDGE, and I’m sure someone would support it.

Well, I like the thought; we would know where we had him, then.

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Some engineers whimsically suggest that this bridge is possible but very difficult to make. Would such a structure serve any purpose at all?
How is this a social issue or current event?
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How is this a social issue or current event?
Members of society are currently talking about it.
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The only vague reason for such a bridge would be to ship rail freight from the Americas to Asia. It's marginal cost would, I guess, be cheaper than sea transport. I'd like to see some numbers on exactly how long it would take to start recouping money. I imaging it would be in the range of decades.
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When considering the economic benefits of building a bridge you simply have to calculate the amount of money and time that would be saved compared with continuing usage of the current boats, barges and ferries (if any) that directly or indirectly transport goods and people between those two areas.

Even then you really just have to consider the fact that such a bridge would link two almost completely uninhabited and highly inhospitable wastelands: it would be completely pointless and costly boondoggle. If you want to get across just use a god damn boat, canoe or even a plane if you are in a real hurry.
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A rail bridge would make more sense than road, but of course there are no railroads in the region either. Perhaps when Trump and Putin conclude FWFTA (Frozen Waste Free Trade Area) there'll be more need.
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A thought that I've had somewhat related to this subject is that the people who dream about colonizing mars, the moon or whatever should probably start with a far more modest and attainable goal of colonizing the Arctic or Antarctica. There are plenty of resources to be claimed there.

Maybe then such a bridge would make sense.

Remember that unlike on Mars, if your dream colony plans don't pan out you at least have a realistic chance of escaping from what can only legitimately be called a cold and dark hellish icehole.
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A thought that I've had somewhat related to this subject is that the people who dream about colonizing mars, the moon or whatever should probably start with a far more modest and attainable goal of colonizing the Arctic or Antarctica. There are plenty of resources to be claimed there.

Maybe then such a bridge would make sense.

Remember that unlike on Mars, if your dream colony plans don't pan out you at least have a realistic chance of escaping from what can only legitimately be called a cold and dark hellish icehole.
Only if someone decides to break this

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Only if someone decides to break this

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protoc...tarctic_Treaty
Wrong pole, yes?
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Wrong pole, yes?
Apologies

I assumed you meant the Antarctic more than the Arctic given the Arctic is already colonized and they are already taking it's resources
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I took an Alaskan cruise last week. I think this makes me an expert on the subject. One of the nice things about the deepwater ports in Alaska is that they are open year round because they do no freeze over.
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I took an Alaskan cruise last week. I think this makes me an expert on the subject. One of the nice things about the deepwater ports in Alaska is that they are open year round because they do no freeze over.
I am officially jealous as

That there is pretty much on the top of my bucket list

Never been remotely interested in cruise ships, but I would imagine with that area it would be the greatest way to do it, so would make an exception.
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What if they found a dead body on the bridge right at the border crossing with one half of the body on the Russian side and the other half on the USA side? What great crime series THAT would make!
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What if they found a dead body on the bridge right at the border crossing with one half of the body on the Russian side and the other half on the USA side? What great crime series THAT would make!
Why then a ruggedly handsome American detective who struggled with the tragic death of his wife a few years earlier would have to team up with the cold and distant but supremely competent and stunningly beautiful Russian detective to investigate the crime, of course. And his wounded heart would heal as her cold core thawed, and the two would fall madly in love. Oh, they'd solve the crime along the way, too.

It practically writes itself.
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Why then a ruggedly handsome American detective who struggled with the tragic death of his wife a few years earlier would have to team up with the cold and distant but supremely competent and stunningly beautiful Russian detective to investigate the crime, of course. And his wounded heart would heal as her cold core thawed, and the two would fall madly in love. Oh, they'd solve the crime along the way, too.

It practically writes itself.
Which one is the vampire?
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