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November 22, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS 2011

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:  WONDER

The Penobscot Bridge in Maine is a wonder to behold.

     The WordPress weekly photo challenge theme is wonder, a topic wide open. I chose to display my photos of the new bridge on the Penobscot River in Maine, taken in 2008 only a couple of years after the bridge was opened with two forty-story towers, one of which has an observation deck at the top.

 

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     Then my husband pointed out an Internet article on the Millau Viaduct Bridge in France. It connects two limestone plateaus at the ends of the River Tarn’s valley, in the South of France.It was seventeen years in the making—1987 to 2004.

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     Supported by the highest pylons in the world (803 feet high), it is the highest road-bridge deck in Europe (886 feet). At its highest point it is 1,125 feet tall, making it the tallest bridge in the world.*

     This bridge’s seven concrete pylons are designed to withstand earthquakes and other possible calamities.  

     The bridge deck accommodates eight lanes of traffic in each direction.***

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     What strikes me is that from the pictures the construction of the bridge is similar to the Penobscot River bridge, with its two towers. Although not so spectacular in length, width, or height, it is still a wonder to behold.

The view of the Penobscot River from the observation deck is a wonder to behold…    (to view more pictures of the Penobscot Bridge click on my WordPress 2011 site, http://carolyncholland2011.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/weekly-photo-challenge-wonder/ )

SOURCES

THE SPECTACULAR PENOBSCOT RIVER A Natural Wonder in Maine: Part 1

* http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-40871893

**http://www.technologystudent.com/struct1/millau1.htm 

*** http://famouswonders.com/millau-viaduct/ (Millau Viaduct photo)

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ADDITIONAL READING:

THE SPECTACULAR PENOBSCOT RIVER A Natural Wonder in Maine: Part 1

A Stained Glass Window in Brownsville, Pennsylvania

Guess Who Came to My House for a Mid-morning Snack?

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