A mega structure is defined as any massive manmade construction or structure, and while not all of the structures below had the help of an industrial specialist such as ivolve , you can be sure that their industrial mining technology has been responsible for safety and process improvements on some of the biggest sites in the world. Check out five of the biggest mega structures below.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
Topping our list, this pyramid is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built over 4,000 years ago, without the construction technology that’s available nowadays, the Great Pyramid was supposedly built in approximately 30 years. There are many theories on how the ancient Egyptians managed to move the colossal 2.3 million blocks incorporated into its structure, including alien intervention and the use of slaves and/or prisoners. Recent archaeological discoveries, however, suggest the pyramid’s construction would have required skilled labour and not the use of whips and slave labour.
The Burj al Arab
It’s hard to ignore the massive architectural and construction work that went into the Burj al Arab – even the base on which it is built is a man-made island! At 60 storeys high, this hotel is one of the tallest in the world and its immediately recognisable sail shape is not just good to look at; its design ensures that the building’s shadow doesn’t spoil the nearby beach for holiday-makers. Throw in over 200 luxury suites and a helipad for jet-setting millionaires and you’ve got one massive mega structure.
The Empire State Building
With 103 storeys, this monster held the record for the world’s tallest building for over 40 years. Construction started in 1929 and took just two years to complete. Amazingly, according to official records, only five workers died during construction of this incredible iconic structure, which was designed from the top down by architect William F. Lamb. Drawings were based on earlier designs for the Reynolds Tower (North Carolina) and the Carew Tower (Ohio).
One World Trade Centre
Dubbed the Freedom Tower, the construction for this mega structure has been underway since 2006 and is due for completion at the end of October, 2014. The 104 storeys of the One World Trade Centre are testament to the ability of the residents of New York to recover and thrive after the massive blow that was the 9/11 attacks. This is an absolutely stunning piece of architecture.
Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the ‘new’ Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a staggering 7, 970 foot tower/city, which lay undiscovered for over 450 years. Rediscovered in 1911 by archaeologist Hiram Bingham, this Inca style architectural site has yielded many archaeological discoveries, including pottery and cultural relics. The purpose of the Intihuatana, a ritual stone at the site, is still debated by experts; is it a calendar, a sun-dial or something more sinister?
What are some of your favourite ancient and modern mega structures? Share your answers by commenting and posting below and contribute to the discussion today.
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The Ultimate American Road Trip: Route 66
If you’re looking for the omega American road trip then you’ve got to hit the Mother Road, otherwise known as Route 66. From Chicago to LA, it’s a journey that’ll provide the experience of a lifetime, showing you the heart of a great nation.
Start in Chicago & Chase the Sun
In reality, the best always head west. Would you rather end the trip in the Windy City, or just in time to catch a gorgeous L.A. sunset on the beach? There’s just something deeply spiritual for folks when we head west. It becomes an adventure. It becomes a vehicular voyage to the sea. Here are some of the highlights you can expect in order:
• Illinois: It’s a pretty straight shot through the state from Chicago through Springfield (which has some stretches of restored Route 66) and southwest to St. Louis. There’s a bit of the bright lights of big cities, but also a good calm stretch of rural to cruise through as well; vast fields of corn and farmland for close to 300 miles.
• Missouri: Once you hit East St. Louis you’ll again be greeted by sky scrapers, industrial areas and the mark of modernity but then it’s another SE straight shot through the entire belly of the state.
• Kansas: You’re only going to spend a little time in the good’ol Kansas heartland. And by little we mean a whopping 14 miles far down in the bottom south east corner. You’ll go through two towns: Galena and Baxter Springs but rest assured there’s great classic restaurants and places that’ve been open as long as Route 66 has been around. In fact, it’s because of road tripper like you just passin’on through that keep’em goin.
• Oklahoma: You’re going to go through two huge metropolises that have “country” written all over’em: Tulsa first and then into Oklahoma City before heading directly west towards the Pan Handle. Of all 8 states, it’s here that they take Route 66 the most seriously. It’s got the most preserved still-drivable miles and you’ll be able to see the remnants of Kiowa, Apache and Comanche Native American land. And, you’ll get to take the same route as families long ago in the Dust Bowl took to escape.
• Texas: You’re going to go through the upper tip of the Texas Pan Handle that takes you through Amarillo. It looks short on a map but the 200-mile stretch of plains is a sight to behold like none other. If you can time it so you cut through here in the afternoon on a sunny day your spirit will be recharged. Just try not to pay any attention to all the truckers!
• New Mexico: Welcome to the Land of Enchantment where you’ll pass through Sun Belt city and Albuquerque. These days, it can be a bit challenging to stay strictly on the old road but with all the sandstone mesas and pine forests it’s definitely worth it.
• Arizona: In Arizona you’ll stay in the northern plains rather than heading down into the really hot areas around Phoenix. Instead, you’ll pass directly through Flagstaff which is a mountain town and where Northern Arizona University is located. The sights here are like a completely different world from everything you’ve seen so far, especially once you begin to head south right before passing into California. Oh, and because of the high speeds on the I-40, this will feel like one of those awesome car track days.
• California: Once you reach this point get ready to cruise through rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, stunning landscapes and then at Barstow you should begin smelling the sea. From San Bernardino and Pasadena to Santa Monica it’s simply breathtaking.
This is only a taste of the experience really. You’ve just got to get out and do it. There’s plenty of great resources online to keep you on track and if you have the time you don’t have to miss a thing. Enjoy!