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From the International Space Station to the Millau Viaduct, we take a tour of the landmarks that have made civil engineering history.
We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, but what about the seven wonders of the engineering world? As part of #EngineeringSummer, ICE looks at some amazing civil engineering landmarks– old and new— that are sure to leave you awe-inspired.
Travelling at 17,500 mph and orbiting the earth every 90 minutes, the ISS is an engineering achievement that is truly out of this world.
As one of America’s most famous landmarks, the film-lovers among you might recognise the Golden Gate suspension bridge as a backdrop to the film A View to a Kill (1985). Joseph Baermann Strauss originally designed it for less glamorous reasons, to connect San Francisco to Marin Country in California, which previously involved ferrying across San Francisco Bay.
Golden Gate Bridge, California. Image credit: Pixabay
At 1.7 miles long and painted in its signature burnt red, the Golden Gate Bridge was considered an incredible engineering feat when it opened in 1937. It’s not just Hollywood who have an eye for it – it’s also the most photographed bridge in the world!
It’s been 27 years since the Channel Tunnel opened to the public. Queen Elizabeth II and the then-French President, François Mitterrand, opened the tunnel – a physical representation of Britain and France’s unity.
As the longest undersea tunnel in the world, the Channel Tunnel comprises three tunnels that run parallel to each other – two are rail tunnels, while the third is a service tunnel.
Although it’s considered a modern wonder, plans to create an interconnecting passage between England and France date back to 1802, with French engineer Albert Mathieu-Favier first proposing the idea.
The Channel Tunnel. Image credit: Shutterstock
Hundreds of years later, the British and French governments agreed that creating a link across the Channel was needed. Its inauguration would stimulate the economy and increase commerce and tourism – cutting the travel time between England and France by up to four-and-a-half hours.
At over 13,171 miles long and spanning 15 provinces, principalities, and regions, over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China each year. The structure is a testament to the phenomenal talents of Chinese engineers, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to explore Chinese history, enjoy the spectacular natural scenery, and snap some stunning pictures.
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