The TransAtlantic Tunnel

Submitted by: idunno7891 11 years ago in Science
http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/engineering/transatlantictunnel/interactive/interactive.html

A magnetically levitated train could theoretically take you from New York to London in 54 minutes.
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Male 10,440
Yea, it could work (if it was built today) but its not, not yet at least. But I can guarentee you all that this kind of thing will happen in the not too distant future.

As for cost, I`d say, $1 Trillion.

And one last thing, u idiots who think g-force is a problem suck. The train doesnt have to jump to 5000mph, in fact it never will as the passangers would be turned into chilii.

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Female 209
that is so interesting...but kinda creepy...
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Female 604
I saw a thing on this on the Discovery Channel not too long ago. It sounds like it would be very cool.
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Male 637
id rather it take u from LA to NYC
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Male 160
cool...i ges
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Male 667
It would cost $12 trillion and take decades to build. Let`s also forget about the fact that the tunnel would be a lightning rod for terrorists.
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Male 279
i read aobut this ten years ago. what makes me laugh on the webpage it says "its mounted up to five miles deep in earthquake-prone zones" wow that really makes me want to ride it
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Female 73
Friday, December 09, 2005 10:49:36 AM
so, everyone who DOESNT have a degree in whatever you need to make this stuff is saying how you cant make and how it wont work? jeeze guys get a degree first, then tell us how it wont or will work, then we might not think your`re taking bullpoo jesusl roosterfags
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You don`t need a degree in common sense. You`re underwater in a relativly flimsey train moving at a rate of mph. There is no way you can protect all 1-2000 miles of vulnerable tunnel from terrorists. It would most likley cost billions upon billions of dollars. (Where will the money come from if our country is swimming in its own poo and debt?) How do we GET the train moving 5000 miles per hour? It was never specified. What can we tell the people on it if there is a problem besides put your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye?

Its bloody common sense. Not Rocket science.

Would be cool though. :B

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Male 348
I`m prepared to bet that will never be made...ever. Well not in my life time anyway. Plus, can you imagine how much it would cost for a ticket? If Concorde couldn`t afford to keep going, that certainly wouldn`t be able to.
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Female 148
if it wassafe, and was built i would go very often to new york, sounds like a good idea to me, but ye, teleportation would rule, even tho i think its pretty much impossible, or is it?. maybe if your body was stored at an atomic level of info in a pc then you were beamed across the internet :D. well i cant be assed to find out, let the ienstiens discover it :)

ROFL,that would be alright,unless there was a power cut or the computer crashed

I wouldn`t go on that thing no matter how man times it was tested,I have a mental image of my strapped into this chair with my ears popped,hair on end and fingernails dug into the chair

And anyway the sheer cost of this first to build and second to run would not be worth the time and effort,plus the damage to the sea bed

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Male 623
is it talkin about the Maglev train?
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Male 2,294
Repost?
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Male 314
I agree with BANKVOLE and MANORRD.Its always the guy with the south park pic. right? You always know whatever he`s gonna say will be pure gold. And that ENOHEAD just cracks me up!
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Female 111
`Mum just popping to the shops, be back in a couple of hours.`

`Ok love, you going into town?`

`Nah, going to New York`

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Male 10,115
For those of you saying boats will run into it, it`s UNDER the water and attached from the SEA FLOOR. It`s sure they`ll put it much deeper than any boat hull.
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Male 664
What a load of cack.
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Male 72
I don`t think floating a tunnel on the ocean sounds too safe. What about ice bergs,tankers, and other stuff. this thing would essentially cut the atlantic in half. and it would only be the world`s largest terrorist target. i think it`d be safer trying to make the thing under water. although i`m no expert, so i don`t know if that could ever be an option. but one thing i do know is that it wouldn`t matter how fast you are going, because after you hit about 150mph, and you crash you are dead, so you could be going 200 or 2000 mph, if something happens, either way you`re up sh#t creek.
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Male 138
That would NEVER work.
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Female 3
Yes, the g forces would be very high, but the article said that they wanted to make special seats for it, that rotated and were inclosed, like small space ships. It still seems very, very unsafe. And if ANYTHING at all went wrong you`d be so screwed it wouldn`t be funny.
Riding that thing would probably make me cry.
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Male 210
hey jizzos, I might not have a degree (yet) but I have studied Maglev (Magetic levitation) train systems. There are two types; a German private commercial system (which looks more like a mono-rail) and a Japanese Government ran system. The infrastructure is so expensive that the first ever system, in the UK at Birmingham airport, was shut and replaced with buses. The only commercial one in opeartion (ie actually used by real people)is the German system operating in Shanghai from the airport. A US government report concluded that such systems would only be cost effective for very densely populated areas (i.e. NE US), thus ruining the very high-speed, long distance reasoning behind it (due to constant acceleration and deceleration).
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Female 219
5000 mph? I WANNA GO ON IT! :D i love going on fast things even if it does kill me
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Male 1,586
It`s true - I am an a$$hole.
Suck it.
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Male 462
No, enohead, you`re just an a$$hole.
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Male 536
Teleportation!?!??! Are you crazy? Thered be mess-ups... Oh yes thered be mess-ups.
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Male 1,586
I can already travel to London in a split second. Thanks to the magic of my imagination.

God damn, what I just said was funny as hell. I don`t care what you say.

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Male 145
if it wassafe, and was built i would go very often to new york, sounds like a good idea to me, but ye, teleportation would rule, even tho i think its pretty much impossible, or is it?. maybe if your body was stored at an atomic level of info in a pc then you were beamed across the internet :D. well i cant be assed to find out, let the ienstiens discover it :)
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Female 21
pretty cool but sounds kind of scary to me. not to mention bad for ocean life but i won`t say it`s not possible. i`ll leave the professionals to decide that.
still, i agree with bobbyo, teleportation would much cooler. i`m still waiting for the technology on that. ;)
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Male 318
hmm..is London sure that they want New Yorkers to have such easy and quick access to their city?
besides, the way of the future is teleportation.
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Female 830
How would you get to the station is my question.
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Male 194
so, everyone who DOESNT have a degree in whatever you need to make this stuff is saying how you cant make and how it wont work? jeeze guys get a degree first, then tell us how it wont or will work, then we might not think your`re taking bullpoo jesusl roosterfags
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Male 2,372
foxslayer:

One post of your illiterate gibberish is enough to get your...er...point across, thank you.

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Male 959
the tethers (100,000) of them would cause big problems for sperm whales which are already being drowned by getting their bottom jaws stuck under oil and gas pipes.
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Male 11,740
Exactly. Can you say Titanic?
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Male 40
Interesting. Many potential problems, like earthquakes, ocean currents, submarines and (depending on how deep it is) ship collisions, fires, crashes - the sheer logistics of repair seem unfathomable. Maybe that`s why I`m not an engineer. :)

All I know is I wouldn`t take the first ride. :)

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Male 35
ummm
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Male 37
If they make it Im on my way to london!
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Female 533
erm..
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Male 23
i`ve read about it in a magazine-
Illustrated science- for three months ago
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Male 106
well @ 5000 its all or nothing so if you crash theres no chance. As for the G force thing-the train would accelerate for the first 750 some odd miles so its not worry.If only they could build one of these between my house and a KFC.
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Female 363
5000mph?! hundreds died when a high speed train in the uk crashed a few years back and the top speed for that was 125mph - what happens if a train crashes at 5000mph?
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Male 3
That is sooooo cool, they already have trains like that in japan, i think it could be built but def not between New York and London, way tooo far. Could pos be done in the future between london and other European nations like the Netherlands, Brussels, Norway etc...
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Male 274
ive seen that so so so long ago i think when i was 8 or sumtin i knew about that so definatly not news to me and they have already built poo like that jsut not across the river i think one is from tokyo to sum were else... like a subway thingy and it only goas liek 300-400 miles a hour i think it was they took a 1 hour drive and made it into a 7 min magna train ride... if made this poo before to all u gotta get is a big sheet of magnet or copper and then stick sum magnets the right way on sumtin like a playing card or sumtin the place a lego guy on it XD then tilt it forward and itl move..
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Male 210
No one is going to build it, its economically unfeasible due to the huge cots, given the comparatively cheap cost of air travel. It would actually cause a world shortage of steel, concrete, etc due to it`s scale, and thats not even getting past the technical problems...
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Male 47
...how much is this going to cost?
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Female 162
True NY to the UK in 54 minutes-BUT you have to go 5000mph...the g-force would most likely kill me
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Male 169
um, that incredible, is that something that they are really trying to make or is it just an idea?
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Male 11,740
Interesting and pretty cool. But if something goes wrong you`re just plain screwed. I think I`d rather take my chances on or above the water, not under it.
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Male 20
Link: The TransAtlantic Tunnel [Rate Link] - A magnetically levitated train could theoretically take you from New York to London in 54 minutes.
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