The Chunnel

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The world's most ambitious design and engineering projects of the past century gained almost instant international notoriety. Each required bold innovation, a unique vision, and many dedicated and courageous teams to make the plans a reality. These landmarks stand today, not only as symbols of their time and place, but also as a testament to the limitless ingenuity of the human spirit.
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Overview

The world's most ambitious design and engineering projects of the past century gained almost instant international notoriety. Each required bold innovation, a unique vision, and many dedicated and courageous teams to make the plans a reality. These landmarks stand today, not only as symbols of their time and place, but also as a testament to the limitless ingenuity of the human spirit.
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The English Channel was a natural protector of Great Britain for years. For instance, there have been no rabies in England for over a hundred years and only two armies have ever been able to cross the English Channel and invade Great Britain. However, Great Britain needed a way to transport goods and services more efficiently across the Channel. So, Margaret Thatcher set the ball rolling and created a contest to design a method of transportation across the Channel. The Chunnel was born. Today, people can travel on trains in three hours to Paris. The countries of France and Great Britain have been linked with the Chunnel. This book, part of the "Building World Landmarks" series, includes chapters about the design, building, and the impact of the new way to travel across the English Channel. Young readers will find this book to be a perfect choice for social studies or science curriculums studying the Chunnel. 2004, Blackbirch Press/Gale Group, Ages 8 to 12.
—Mindy Hardwick
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The first title focuses on Gustav Eiffel and his design, inventive construction techniques, and drive to complete the tower ahead of schedule. Mattern offers insight into Great Britain's resistance to, and the failings of, early attempts to build a tunnel between England and France, technology invented to complete the project, and how the Chunnel is utilized today. Royal Gorge details the 1929 building of the world's highest suspension bridge in Colorado in only six months and without the loss of life. All three books include current and historical photographs and illustrations. Adequate introductions, these volumes will be useful to students doing reports on landmarks. Though several books have been written about the Eiffel Tower, the Chunnel and Royal Gorge Bridge are seldom covered for this audience. Libraries will find these latter titles practical choices.-Shauna Yusko, St. Monica School, Mercer Island, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567113013
  • Publisher: Blackbirch Pr Inc
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Building World Landmarks Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Crossing the Gap 5
Chapter 1 The Tunnel Nobody Wanted 9
Chapter 2 What Will the Project Be? 17
Chapter 3 Building the Chunnel 27
Chapter 4 A New Connection 37
Chronology 45
Glossary 46
For More Information 47
Notes 47
Index 48
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