Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Engineers give the bird to the laws of physics - out of respect for nature

If you are a lover of the outdoors or architecture, you may have read about the walkway that is being built at the Grand Canyon in Arizona or rather, OVER the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Scheduled to open this coming New Years Day 2006, a clear glass walkway will be built 70 feet over and 4000 feet above the colorado river. The walkway will comfortably hold 120 people as they crawl their way through the semi-circular walk. It is made entirely of glass and steel - lots of steel - and can withstand winds of 100 miles per hour and an 8.0 magnitude earthquake (although the closest fault in this part of Arizona is either Yellowstone or San Andres). Despite the safety features, I think I would feel more comfortable in a helicopter or better yet, a boat in the Colorado River.


Blogger Kurt said...

I...uh....WHAT?! Well then. I suppose the Grand Canyon does need a novel place to put a Starbucks pushcart.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Tommy Gnosis said...

You couldn't get me up on that thing for less than $25,000... and even then, I wouldn't look forward to it.

2:02 PM  

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