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Old 12th September 2018, 02:52 PM   #81
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Interesting... I started looking up some info on the strait between Sicily and Italy (Messina), expecting a straightforward "if they haven't done it here..." comparison, since it's much narrower & wider and its location would make the cultural and climatological issues obviously favor a Messina bridge over a Bering one by a wide margin... but it turned out that there's one factor pointing the other way, which could very well swamp all other considerations and make the comparison useless: Messina is five times as deep (which also implies a much steeper slope at the bottom). This is why we look things up first, kids! I wonder if a better comparison can be found somewhere between Asia and Australia...
There was a proposal to build a dam there, and another all the way from Sicily to Africa. That would happen after the one at Gibraltar, dropping the sea level of the Med by 100m. The second phase would drop the eastern Med by another 100m.
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Old 12th September 2018, 03:11 PM   #82
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Ice floes and depth would not be a problem to a tunnel.
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Old 12th September 2018, 03:22 PM   #83
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Ice floes and depth would not be a problem to a tunnel.
Nor to a sky tram.
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Old 12th September 2018, 03:35 PM   #84
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I think the most practical superbridge project would be to connect the South Orkney Islands to the regular Orkney Islands. It's supremely logical.
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Old 12th September 2018, 03:53 PM   #85
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I think the most practical superbridge project would be to connect the South Orkney Islands to the regular Orkney Islands. It's supremely logical.

I thought the plan was to use the Thalidomide Islands?

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With the two Diomede Islands between the peninsulas, the Bering Strait could be spanned by a bridge/tunnel. There might be one long bridge, almost 40 kilometres (25 mi) long, connecting Alaska and the Diomede Islands, and a tunnel connecting the Diomede Islands and Russia. The earth bored from the tunnel could be used as landfill to connect the two islands.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bering_Strait_crossing
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Old 12th September 2018, 04:08 PM   #86
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As to how bad the weather is in that part of the world:
During the Aleutians campaign of World War 2, both sides often resorted to bombing by dead reckoning because the weather was so bad.
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Old 12th September 2018, 04:25 PM   #87
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
As to how bad the weather is in that part of the world:
During the Aleutians campaign of World War 2, both sides often resorted to bombing by dead reckoning because the weather was so bad.
And that was hundreds of miles further south. You can also just watch The Deadliest Catch.
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Old 12th September 2018, 09:36 PM   #88
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
I think the most practical superbridge project would be to connect the South Orkney Islands to the regular Orkney Islands. It's supremely logical.
It is indeed supremely lexical, but I'm not sure what the inhabitants of the South Orkney Islands would want with such a bridge. Although I'd imagine that *you* might be able to speculate. And I am willing to be convinced.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
I think the most practical superbridge project would be to connect the South Orkney Islands to the regular Orkney Islands. It's supremely logical.
I was expecting a proposal to bridge the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilimanjaro_Expedition
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Old 13th September 2018, 04:49 AM   #90
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Originally Posted by jimbob View Post
It is indeed supremely lexical, but I'm not sure what the inhabitants of the South Orkney Islands would want with such a bridge. Although I'd imagine that *you* might be able to speculate. And I am willing to be convinced.
If they didn't want to connect to the regular Orkneys they should have renamed themselves!

Same goes for New Jersey and Jersey, New York and York, and New South Wales and Wales. Mandatory bridges!!
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Old 13th September 2018, 06:29 AM   #91
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Interesting... I started looking up some info on the strait between Sicily and Italy (Messina), expecting a straightforward "if they haven't done it here..." comparison, since it's much narrower & wider and its location would make the cultural and climatological issues obviously favor a Messina bridge over a Bering one by a wide margin... but it turned out that there's one factor pointing the other way, which could very well swamp all other considerations and make the comparison useless: Messina is five times as deep (which also implies a much steeper slope at the bottom). This is why we look things up first, kids! I wonder if a better comparison can be found somewhere between Asia and Australia...
Same problem, there's 3 km deep trenches between the islands on the Asian side and the Australian side.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timor_Sea

Now, one could, I suppose, build a bunch of bridges between Australia and New Guinea through the Torres Strait Islands, since they come within a couple of kilometres of the coast in both directions, but why would you want to? Apart from the environmental damage it would never have a chance in hell of paying for itself. Also it would get destroyed by cyclones once a decade at least.
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Old 14th September 2018, 10:51 AM   #92
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Would people catapults be too wrong? Also bridges made of floating oil barrels might work since they are both cheap to replace as well as flexible to waves and wind.
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Would people catapults be too wrong? Also bridges made of floating oil barrels might work since they are both cheap to replace as well as flexible to waves and wind.
Catapults are almost always wrong. Now if you want to talk about trebuchets, I think you might be on to something . . . .

And cleaning those oil barrels would take a lot of work. Not sure it is worth the effort.
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Old 14th September 2018, 12:09 PM   #94
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Catapults are almost always wrong. Now if you want to talk about trebuchets, I think you might be on to something . . . .

And cleaning those oil barrels would take a lot of work. Not sure it is worth the effort.
I always tell people all trebuchets are catapults, but not all catapults are trebuchets. And I've got both kinds.
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I always tell people all trebuchets are catapults, but not all catapults are trebuchets. And I've got both kinds.
It's like the old logic riddle: you have two siege engines, and one always tells the truth while the other always lies, and you can only ask one of them one question, so what do you ask?



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Don't let a lie stand in the way of a good story! I also think a barrel bridge would probably have to be super stretchy so it won't snap; like if they used rope
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Russians on one side. Alaskans on the other.

One giant drunk driving incident on floating barrels and whales is perhaps not such a good idea.
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