Water Doors

I couldn’t figure out what exactly these were for.


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    GorillaMunch

    if there was a massive tide from the sea that somehow made it to the coast of england, this would stop any flooding of London. They would summon master chief to close the doors.

    Blackangel

    No, it’s in Holland (the Netherlands). Here you can find much more about our “Deltawerken”, in English. (www.deltawerken.com/Maeslant-barrier/330.html

    GorillaMunch

    wow I fail. Blackangel is right. I was mistaken with the other one’s in england. farm1.static.flickr.com/114/301207768_e514a0e289.jpg?v=0

    Blackangel

    In short: they are waterbarriers, in a whole line of barriers, to protect Holland from flooding again.

    Blackangel

    Those in the river Thames (London) are pretty impressive too.

    gor

    I remember the ones in Holland being completely automatic. If the computers determine that the seas are about to surge above a certain level they automatically close and no one can over-ride it. This is because it closes off a major sea port and the designers were concerned political & business pressures could might forced them to stay open longer than necessary (and hence, endanger the people in the port and surrounding communities).

    I’m torn in agreeing with this arrangement. It’s good to know that logical decissions are being forced to be made in situations like this, but I not sure if I like the idea of total control by a machine in people’s safety.

    the_redstar_swl


    I’d assume that they’re able to manually close it if the computers happen to fail. But its not like its going to take control of the internet and nuke everything.

    gor

    If I remember right, people can close them anytime they want, but if they computers deem it necessary to close them, than there is really not much people can do.

    dogsurfer

    On an oxygen poor planet, record needles this big are required to carry sound to listen to the “Space Music” record (two pictures below).

    jose_lucca

    ^^LOL^^

    storminmormon

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