The seven wonders of the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Golden Gate Bridge - The Golden Gate Bridge -

The Golden Gate Bridge links San Francisco with Marin County in absolute splendor. The bridge is one of the architectural marvels of the Twentieth Century and a testament to human strife, as it was constructed during the years of the Great Depression. For years, the Golden Gate Bridge held the title as the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Before its completion in 1937, the bridge was considered impossible to build, due to persistently foggy weather, 60-mile-per-hour winds, and strong ocean currents, which whipped through a deep canyon below. In fact, the bridge is commonly known as the "Bridge that couldn't be built." Despite these unforgiving natural elements, the bridge was constructed in a little more than four years. The total cost was $35 million. The total length of the bridge spans 1.2 miles. Eleven men lost their lives during the construction of the bridge.

Even today, the massive spans of the bridge are often shrouded in fog. The bridge sways 27 feet to withstand winds of up to 100 miles per hour. International Orange was the color chosen for the bridge because it blended well with the bridge's natural surroundings. The two great cables extending from the bridge contain 80,000 miles of steel wire, which is enough to circle the equator three times. The concrete poured to cement the bridge into the stormy waters below could have also been used to pave a five-foot sidewalk from New York to San Francisco.

Because of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is one of the premier skyline cities in the nation. It was a triumphant day in the history of the city when the bridge was completed on May 27, 1937. Over 200,000 people celebrated the grand opening of the Golden Gate Bridge by walking its length. The following day, a dedication ceremony was held to officially christen what would become the architectural trademark of the city. The regular flow of vehicular traffic began the next day.

Efforts to begin the construction on the bridge began as early as 1928. The process would entail the efforts of six counties in Northern California. In 1928, the counties formed a Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District. In 1930, the voters appropriated a $35 million bond issue to finance the building of the bridge. For many years following, Joseph Baerman Strauss, a distinguished engineer, dreamed of raising a span across the Golden Gate. It was in response to his vision that people first started saying that the bridge could not be built. But, amazingly enough, Strauss held fast to his vision, and a span was eventually raised across the Golden Gate Bridge. The actual work on the bridge began on January 5, 1933. It was completed four-and-one-half years later. The result astounded the fiercest of Strauss's critics. To this day, the bridge is admired for its magnitude and beauty.

The bridge is nothing short of a powerful force meant to combat nature. The often mighty winds from the Pacific Ocean are sustained by a mid span swing of 27 feet. The two towers of the bridge rise an impressive 746 feet, which is 191 feet taller than the Washington Monument. The pier of the bridge is only 1,215 feet from the shore, the distance between the two towers that support the cables, which in turn, support the floor of the bridge is 4,200 feet. These two cables are the largest bridge cables ever made at a little over 3.61 feet in diameter.

Today, pedestrians and bicyclists are still allowed to cross the bridge on pathways with breathtaking views of the city, Alcatraz, and the Marin Headlands. The bridge toll for vehicles is $5 when entering San Francisco.

The first exit of the Marin side of the bridge is Visa Point, which provides a magnificent view of the San Francisco skyline. But, the best way to view the bridge is to walk across. This usually takes about an hour.
December 20, 2006 5:36am CST
The 20th century has provided spectacular advances in design, engineering, and construction which have allowed humanity to create an array of monumental structures. And from these, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), with help from experts around the world, selected these wonders: the Empire State building, the Itaipu Dam, the CN Tower, the Panama Canal, the Channel Tunnel, the North Sea Protection Works, and the Golden Gate Bridge. These wonders embody an abundance of human ingenuity, thus showcasing humankind's ability to dream, plan, and achieve on a colossal, mind-boggling scale. Man has an incredible ability to make the impossible, possible.
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@anil_762001 (1636)
• India
20 Dec 06
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World The Great Pyramid of Giza The Hanging Gardens of Babylon The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus The Statue of Zeus at Olympia The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus The Colossus of Rhodes The Pharos of Alexandria The Seven Wonders of the Medieval Mind Stonehenge The Colosseum The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa The Great Wall of China The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing The Hagia Sophia The Leaning Tower of Pisa The Seven Natural Wonders of the World Mount Everest The Great Barrier Reef The Grand Canyon Victoria Falls The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro Paricutin Volcano The Northern Lights The Seven Underwater Wonders of the World Palau The Belize Barrier Reef The Galapagos Islands The Northern Red Sea Lake Baikal The Great Barrier Reef The Deep Sea Vents The Seven Wonders of the Modern World The Empire State Building The Itaipú Dam The CN Tower The Panama Canal The Channel Tunnel The North Sea Protection Works The Golden Gate Bridge The Seven Forgotten Natural Wonders of the World Angel Falls The Bay of Fundy Iguaçú Falls Krakatoa Island Mount Fuji Mount Kilimanjaro Niagara Falls The Seven Forgotten Modern Wonders of the World The Clock Tower (Big Ben) Eiffel Tower The Gateway Arch The Aswan High Dam Hoover Dam Mount Rushmore National Memorial The Petronas Towers The Seven Forgotten Wonders of the Medeival Mind Abu Simbel Temple Angkor Wat Taj Mahal Mont Saint-Michel The Moai Statues The Parthenon The Shwedagon Pagoda The Forgotten Wonders The Aztec Temple The Banaue Rice Terraces The Borobudur Temple The Inca City The Statue of Liberty The Mayan Temples The Temple of the Inscriptions The Throne Hall of Persepolis Petra The Suez Canal The Sydney Opera House The Red Fort in India
@smuggeridge (2157)
20 Dec 06
why write this if there is no discussion in it. Maybe you should ask what other things could be included as one of the wonders of the world, then you could start a discussion