Bin Laden brother unveils £100bn plan for world's longest bridge

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  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...bn-plan-for-worlds-longest-bridge-892880.html


    The follies of rich men.


    EDIT: Promotional video.
     
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    A month after it's built (if it's built, and money isn't the problem I'm sure,) I bet a ship will run into it.
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    No plans or ideas to solve food and water requirements, nor how to end conflicts in the area. Even if it's built, what would it accomplish? :confused:
     
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    A ship captained by one of his brother's minions, no doubt.
     
  6. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    If it doesn't work out at least his brother can blow it up.
     
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Only after using it for tactical training. :p
     
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    Surprised at the negativity on this thread.

    Interesting idea. A challenge to say the least.
     
  9. Henri Gaudier macrumors 6502a

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    Seconded. I can only assume the words Bin & Laden are sending people into a tabloid frenzy. Nanofrog's point about stability and water goes somewhat to the heart of the matter though. Whilst the most intriguing and alarming aspect hasn't raised a single comment. What the F**K are the US military doing? Another glimpse of American covert global dominance before it disappears into the ether?
     
  10. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    My take on the article indicated a corporate endeavor, rather than a military one. So I intentionally left out comments pertaining to military action. Nor do I like guilt by association, so don't consider Sheikh Tarek bin Laden a dangerous person.

    If I interpreted the references to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, the area in question is not for oil production. There is no claim that the intent is to solve the resource availability or even human rights issues already facing these areas. So my main question, is "Why? What purpose would this serve?" The article states that there is no transportation infrastructure, so how would this serve any economic goals? :confused:

    For me, it just seems there is no point, and would be a total waste of resources.

    If anyone can clarify, I'd appreciate it. :)
     
  11. arkitect macrumors 601

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    This is really extraordinary…

    If a bridge was proposed, say between Malaysia and Indonesia… or China and Taiwan (OK, Ok that ain't happening soon) or a dozen other places you could mention, it might be understandable and make some economic sense.

    But there seems to be no rhyme or reason to join these two points.
    It'd probably end up like this:
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    The American involvement just lends itself to sinister theories. :p

    I wonder if this is what they envisage?
     

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  12. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Basically yes, from the youtube video linked above
     

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  13. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    arkitect:
    The whole idea doesn't make sense, to you either?
    I liked the illustration, BTW.:)

    Maybe they were all watching Field of Dreams, and were inspired by the line "If you build it they will come." To what, the rear end of nowhere? The whole idea is just stupid to me. I just don't see any logic whatsoever.
     
  14. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    Have they considered plate tectonics? From what I can see, this bridge would join two continental plates, the African plate with with Arabian plate at the Red-Sea rift where the two plates are gradually moving away from each other.

    If there are any Geologists out there, feel free to make me look like an idiot. This was just a thought I had.
     
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    Thanks! Ididn't see that one. Would have saved me a Photoshop. :p

    I agree it makes no sense to me. Zero. Zilch.

    Ah yes, "If you build it they will come."
    I like that. But somehow… :eek:
     
  16. Queso macrumors G4

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    Sounds like a nice easy way to control all shipping using the Suez Canal without actually having to invade Egypt to me, hence the military backing.

    However, it does sound completely doomed to failure IMO. The article already makes the point that Djibouti isn't really that well linked to the rest of Africa, and that Yemen is also a bit of a backwater in economic terms. I guess all the prime sites in the Persian Gulf have already been taken, so this was the best the Sheikh could come up with.
     
  17. Dejavu macrumors regular

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    The African plate is moving northeast at about 25mm per year. Bridges are not rigid structures and probably would accommodate some movement of the bedrock below.
     
  18. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    I appreciate that bridges are not rigid structures, but as these are two divergent plates and the proposed bridge would be constructed over the geologically active red sea rift region, could it not pose a problem over time?
     
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    Ah, but I think part of the cunning plan is to have one end on little castors that allows the plate to roll underneath…
     
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    Since the plates are moving slowly over time, they may include a section where they can adjust the length of the bridge.
     
  21. arkitect macrumors 601

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    A century after construction…
    :D
     

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    Even then, what if the plates are moving in another direction, like rubbing against each other in opposite directions, adding that extra length wouldn't be all that much of a help then.

    (But then again I do not know this area of science all that well.)
     
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    Just need giant pivots on each end.

    I have visions of the Golden Gate bridge, when the wind starts a certain wave-length "aggitation". :eek:
     
  24. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Ah yes. Good old Tacoma Narrows bridge, eh. :D
     

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