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  1. #1
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    Thumbs up Grand Canyon Glass Bridge

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/architecture/skywalk.asp

    (see graphic)

    Grand Canyon Skywalk
    Hualapai Indian Reservation

    * Juts out about 70 feet into the canyon, 4000 ft above the Colorado River

    *Will accommodate 120 people comfortably (How comfortable would YOU be?)

    * Built with more than a million pounds of steel beams and includes dampeners that minimize the structure's vibration

    * Designed to hold 72 million pounds, withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake 50 miles away, and withstand winds in excess of 100 mph

    * Has a glass bottom and sides...four inches thick

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    I believe in Murphy's law, enough said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelized
    I believe in Murphy's law, enough said.
    Agreed: the Fark headline: Glass bridge over Grand Canyon nearly complete. Workers to begin constructing monument to those who will die in horrible tragedy involving glass bridge over Grand Canyon.

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    Scary would not step on it for a million dollars no way no how enough said
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    I would certainly steer near it, oh my god, heh.
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    looks kinda cool if your into heights. doesnt look to sturdy

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    how is anyone supposed to relate to weights in millions of pounds

    tonnes and meters please!
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    Depending on how it is built I suppose it is as safe or unsafe as any bridge.

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    That'd be one hell of a place to have a cocktail party.

    Will accommodate 120 people comfortably.
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    I would go on it if it was safe. It is a nice design though.

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    I saw this during my helicopter ride after hostingcon 2006. It looks fairly stable from the support structure I was able to see from the air.

    If it was unsafe, why would they build it?

    Just my .02 $.
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    So if I understand correctly this air/glass bridge is there allready? The pg had a Jan 2006 finishing date?

    I am going to Flagstaff for a few days at the end of this month if its there I am going will definitely take some pics --- perspective straight down and across the canyon

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    cool

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    4 inches isn't that much. Perhaps its one of those ultra resistant bullet-proof airplane glass heh

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