Friday, March 09, 2007

The Grand Canyon Sky Walk

Upon completion, the Glass Bridge will be suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River on the very edge of the Grand Canyon. On May 2005, the final test was conducted and the stucture passed engineering requirements by 400 percent, enabling it to withstand the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 747 airplanes (more than 71 million pounds). The bridge will be able to sustain winds in excess of 100 miles per hour from 8 different directions, as well as an 8.0 magnitude earthquake within 50 miles. More than one million pounds of steel will go into the construction of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
4000 feet!!! This is awesome. It was tested by the same folks that worked on Taipei 101 and the Hoover Dam, so I am sure it's safe. Safe or not, I wouldn't walk across it if my life depended on it! The height of the walk is more than 3 times as much as the Empire State Building and more than twice as high as Taipei 101, the world's tallest building.

There are few places on Earth more breathtaking than The Grand Canyon.

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