Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Water Bridge over Water

Have you ever seen a WATER bridge over a river ?

Even after you see it, it is still hard to believe !
Water Bridge in Germany . What a feat!
Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters this is

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East
and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in
the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin.
The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.
To those who appreciate engineering projects, here's a puzzle for you
armchair engineers and physicists.
Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight
of ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?

It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of the water!
Why? A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as
the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.

Thanks Donna G.
I think we had this one up once before but it is still amazing

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