Sunday, 17. February 2008
Extreme Engineering: Transatlantic TunnelA transatlantic tunnel is a theoretical tunnel which would span the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe and would carry mass transit of some type—trains are envisioned in most proposals. Using advanced technologies, speeds of 300 to 5,000 mph (500 to 8,000 km/h) are envisioned.
Plans for such a tunnel have not progressed beyond the conceptual stage, and no one is actively pursuing such a project. The main barriers to constructing such a tunnel are cost - as much as $12 trillion.
So, if you could take the train from New York and in less than an hour reach London, would you do it? What if you had to make the journey through a tunnel 150 feet under the Atlantic? And on a magnetically levitated train traveling at 5,000 mph?
In 2003, the Discovery Channel's show 'Extreme Engineering' aired a program entitled 'Transatlantic Tunnel' which discusses the proposed tunnel concept in detail.
See also Discovery Channel's Extreme Engineering: Transatlantic Tunnel interactive tour.
Duration: 44 minutes.
Catch some sun and enjoy your sunday!