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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Don't Look At Me

I'm not getting on that thing.
HUALAPAI INDIAN RESERVATION, United States (AFP) - What is being billed as one of the newest architectural wonders of the world was to be unveiled here later Tuesday when a gleaming glass-bottomed walkway jutting out over the edge of the Grand Canyon welcomes its first visitors.

The Skywalk (official site), a horse-shoe shaped observation deck extending 70 feet over the western lip of the vast chasm in the Hualapai Indian Reservation, about 120 miles east of Las Vegas, will carry tourists who will be able to peer straight down 4,000-feet to the canyon floor below.

...Weighing around 500 tonnes, the walkway is constructed with four inch thick glass and is supported by massive steel bolts that have been driven 46 feet into surrounding bedrock. Giant shock absorbers will also prevent the structure from quivering under the weight of visitors, architects say.
Engineers say it will withstand winds up to 100 mph and can support the weight of several hundred people. It will cost $25 (or more) to take the "walk on air."

Do I care? Nope. I'm not going.

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