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Children's LiteratureThe 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.