10 Greatest Modern Day Engineering Marvels Of The World

Marvels are those wonderful things that make you look at them in awe of their beauty. While nature excels at creating marvels most of the times, sometimes even the man-made things such as bridges, tunnels or skyscrapers also qualify to be that awesome. These feats of engineering are absolutely wonderful masterpieces which deserve to be seen by the world. Hence, we have brought ten such greatest modern day engineering marvels from across the world, let’s have a look at them

 Millay Viaduct (Millau, France)

It is world’s tallest cable-stayed road bridge having towers as tall as the Empire State Building. Completed in December 2004, this project aimed at reducing the traffic congestion between Paris and Barcelona during the summer vacation months. The technique used in the construction of this bridge is as amazing as the bridge itself. Since it was to be constructed at an incredible height of 900 feet,  The roads were built on both side of the towers and then rolled out to the middle instead of the bridge being installed in sections. Amazing, isn’t it?

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The Venice Tide Barrier Project (Venice, Italy)

This project is the world’s largest flood prevention project preventing the city of Venice from flooding. Started in the year 2003, the project consists of 78 rotating gates, each with an area of 6,500 square feet. The gates of the barrier project are the large metal boxes that usually rest at the bottom of the sea. However, when the tide rises above 3 1/2 feet, the water is removed from the gates, causing them to float.

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Three Gorges Dam (Sandouping, Hubei, China)

It is the world’s largest hydroelectric power station and also the world’s largest concrete structure. This dam is about one and a half mile wide and therefore it creates electricity equivalent to 18 nuclear power plants.

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National Stadium (Beijing, China)

Also called as “Bird’s Nest”, National Stadium is the world’s largest steel structure. Built for the 2008 Olympics, it looked no less than an intricate work of art.

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Palm Islands (Dubai)

Located off the coast of the UAE in the Persian Gulf near Dubai, Palm Island is the world’s largest man-made island and probably the largest project on this list.

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The Large Hadron Collider (Geneva, Switzerland)

This is world’s largest and highest particle-energy accelerator which is located underground in a 574-foot long tunnel with a circumference of 17 miles. The purpose of building the Large Hadron Collider was to develop technologies such as medical imaging and electronics among many other.

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Channel Tunnel

A 32-mile long underwater tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France, beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover, Channel Tunnel is the world’s longest stretch of underwater tunnel.

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Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Chandra X-Ray Observatory is a Flagship-class space observatory launched on STS-93 by NASA on July 23, 1999. It enables the scientists to obtain the X-ray images from high-energy regions of the universe.

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The Bailong Elevator (Zhangjiajie, China)

The Bailong Elevator is the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world and is built off the side of an enormous cliff in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China. This elevator is 1,070 feet high and consists of three double-story glass elevators which take exactly two minutes to ride from the base to the top and it can carry 50 people in one trip. Wanna go on a ride, then?

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The New Valley Project (Western Desert of Egypt)

The New Valley Project is one of the largest development projects in Egypt consisting of building a massive irrigation system to reclaim a half-a-million acres of desert. Scheduled for the completion in the year 2017, it aims at building a second Nile Valley to transform 500,000 acres of desert into agricultural land.

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