1. Post #1
    Artemis's Avatar
    May 2011
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    If this goes through I'm totally driving to Russia!

    The Russian government has given the go-ahead on an ambitious new tunnel project that could connect Siberia with Alaska via an underground rail line. If completed, the $65 billion project will be the longest underwater tunnel in the world, besting the Chunnel between England and France by twice the distance. The planned course would stretch over 65 miles and would snake beneath the Big and Little Diomede Islands. According to Inhabitat, the project will be funded by a private and public partnership. So why build it?

    Aside from being a civil engineering marvel, the tunnel would also provide an efficient way to move 100 million tons of freight per year. In addition, the tunnel could provide an easy transmission route for electricity developed by tidal energy stations and wind plants in Russia to Alaska and Canada. In addition, the rail system would complete a high-speed network that could stretch from London to New York City. Unfortunately, the project doesn't seem to be geared toward passenger travel. At least, not for now.
    http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/26/r...bering-strait/

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  2. Post #2
    I still don't get why they just make a bridge, and not a tunnel.
    They can simply make the bridge underground to protect it from weather and such.

    Anyway, great news! Looking forward to this.
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  3. Post #3
    Dennab
    August 2011
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    I still don't get why they just make a bridge, and not a tunnel.
    They can simply make the bridge underground to protect it from weather and such.

    Anyway, great news! Looking forward to this.
    An underground bridge? Why? It wouldn't have the protection from cave ins and the like that tunnels have
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  4. Post #4

    December 2009
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    How would an underground bridge NOT be in a tunnel?
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  5. Post #5
    How would an underground bridge NOT be in a tunnel?
    Simple. Build an underground river for the underground bridge to go over.
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  6. Post #6
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    Dennab
    July 2010
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    Why would you drive down a railway tunnel? In a small crushable auto mobile?
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    August 2010
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    Wait, doesn't Alaska have a lot of earthquakes?

    Wouldn't earthquakes damage this tunnel?
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  8. Post #8
    ExplodingGuy's Avatar
    December 2009
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    Wait, doesn't Alaska have a lot of earthquakes?

    Wouldn't earthquakes damage this tunnel?
    They will build joints along the tunnel to relieve any stress caused by seismic activity. Think thermal stress joints, except much larger.

    Edited:

    Why would you drive down a railway tunnel? In a small crushable auto mobile?
    Maybe it's a car train?
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    I still don't get why they just make a bridge, and not a tunnel.
    They can simply make the bridge underground to protect it from weather and such.

    Anyway, great news! Looking forward to this.
    I dont understand what you are trying to say? You suggest they build a bridge? but put it underground? there is no ground for it to go under, a bridge would go over the bering strait, there is no land connecting alaska and russia
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  10. Post #10
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    June 2011
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    cant wait for some asshole to drill a hole down into the tunnel

    Edited:

    woot, 1500th post
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  11. Post #11
    ItWasNiceToKnow's Avatar
    July 2009
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    I would feel really, really, really bad driving in that tunnel... after watching Daylight.
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    February 2006
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    Awhile ago they wanted to build a bridge with ice breaking pylons on it. Wonder why they abandoned the bridge for a tunnel, seems like the bridge would be easier and cheaper...
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  13. Post #13
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    January 2010
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    Far cry from the days when they used to threaten each other with nukes, no?
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  14. Post #14
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    September 2009
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    It's cool and all, but wouldn't it be cheaper to just take a ferry across?
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  15. Post #15
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    July 2009
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    It's cool and all, but wouldn't it be cheaper to just take a ferry across?
    There is a chance of the ferry titanicing, and it would turn out more expensive than a tunnel in the long run I think.
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  16. Post #16
    Marbalo's Avatar
    June 2011
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    It's cool and all, but wouldn't it be cheaper to just take a ferry across?
    Read the OP

    It's not for passenger travel. It's to make trade between Canada, Russia and the US quicker and more efficient. A ferry takes weeks to do what a train does in a few days.
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  17. Post #17
    Bombardier.'s Avatar
    August 2009
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    It's cool and all, but wouldn't it be cheaper to just take a ferry across?
    The Cool Factor heavily outweighs the cost, I feel.
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  18. Post #18
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    June 2008
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    Good. I'm sick of always hearing talk about connecting the Bering Strait and no one building anything.
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    Chernobyl426's Avatar
    May 2011
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    Next chance I get I will go and take pictures.

  20. Post #20
    spacedooky's Avatar
    December 2007
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    Who's down for an around the world road-trip when this is finally completed?

  21. Post #21
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    August 2009
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    Simple. Build an underground river for the underground bridge to go over.
    That would be so ridiculous that it would almost be downright amazing.
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    Jabberwocky's Avatar
    June 2007
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    I still don't get why they just make a bridge, and not a tunnel.
    They can simply make the bridge underground to protect it from weather and such.

    Anyway, great news! Looking forward to this.
    Because of boats?

  23. Post #23
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    May 2010
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    Once the tunnel is complete, Comrade, the invasion can go under way. MUHAHAHAHAHA!
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  24. Post #24
    That would be so ridiculous that it would almost be downright amazing.
    It's practical see, like the Panama Canal, it allows boats to get from Russia to the USA.

  25. Post #25
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    June 2007
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    i don't think it will last that long though because of tectonic plates shifting and shit?

    i dunno

    but this is awesome

  26. Post #26
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    July 2006
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    They will build joints along the tunnel to relieve any stress caused by seismic activity. Think thermal stress joints, except much larger.

    Edited:


    Maybe it's a car train?
    I think it be cheaper to relieve stress by handing out free joints at the entrance.
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  27. Post #27
    I wish I was as cool as Felix :)
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    April 2010
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    I hope there isn't a massive fire in the tunnel.
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  28. Post #28
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    Dennab
    August 2008
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    Once this is complete they need to make a tunnel under the Atlantic Ocean connecting London with New York City. Then you literally can ride a train all the way around the world.
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  29. Post #29
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    July 2009
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    If this goes through I'm totally driving to Russia!


    The Russian government has given the go-ahead on an ambitious new tunnel project that could connect Siberia with Alaska via an underground rail line. The project doesn't seem to be geared toward passenger travel. At least, not for now.
    Still, even for commercial use, I find this to be badass.
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  30. Post #30
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    August 2008
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    i bet it'll turn up like boston's big dig

    a huge chunk of paneling will fall and kill someone, then it'll leak, russia will be sued, it'll never get finished
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  31. Post #31
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    July 2006
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    Russia only approved it so they could sneak nukes into our country

    THE COLD WAR HAS JUST BEGUN
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    September 2009
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    This could take a great burden off shipping ports.
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  33. Post #33
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    July 2007
    41,752 Posts
    Thanks for updating my late thread

    I was going to look for a newer source but it was already off the top of the first page so I didn't care

  34. Post #34
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    Jurikuer's Avatar
    April 2008
    5,450 Posts
    First 4 replies confuses the fuck out of me.

    Anyway, glad to see we're finally connecting continents together. This should make travelling a lot easier for some people (namely ones who are afraid of flying and/or boats).

  35. Post #35
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    January 2009
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    Pointless, you still have drive incredibly far across Siberia to get to act the parts of Russia that aren't ice.
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  36. Post #36
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    I'd be down for a road trip. California to Moscow let's do this!
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  37. Post #37
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    July 2007
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    Pointless, you still have drive incredibly far across Siberia to get to act the parts of Russia that aren't ice.
    High speed passenger rail in the future, maybe.

    Edited:

    I'd be down for a road trip. California to Moscow let's do this!
    Norway to Florida
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  38. Post #38
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    April 2006
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    I think that they're building a tunnel instead of a bridge so they don't have to worry about ice and saltwater ruining the materials
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  39. Post #39
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    August 2007
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    Pointless, you still have drive incredibly far across Siberia to get to act the parts of Russia that aren't ice.
    It's still much faster than putting cargo on a painfully slow ship and sailing across the ocean.
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  40. Post #40
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    July 2010
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    And then it gets covered in crab pots
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