How to Build an Island (14 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       4 Aug 2012       18965       6 GALLERY VIEW



In places like Dubai there are enough wealthy people to warrant such an outrageously expensive and labor-intensive process as creating an island. See the incredible photos of this astonishing engineering feat.

 

Dredging ships spray a specific type of sand (326 million cubic meters worth) onto one location in order to create the actual base of the island.

 

Afterwards, huge rocks are placed one by one around the island(s), creating a “barrier reef”.

Needless to say, these man-made islands don’t come cheap. Even the sand has to be specifically chosen to stand the test of time. Some types of sand are too dense and would sink, while others are too light and would slowly blow away over time.

These particular islands are made from sand that came from the coast of the Persian Gulf.


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bum 9 year s ago
Creating an island just isn't right. What about the ecosystem that was originally their? =/
       
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gigantes 9 year s ago
i sympathize, but TBH it didn't look like there was very much going on there. and meanwhile there's a chance for floating polyps to build a new reef ecosystem.
       
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Party 9 year s ago
thats were the Dutch are excellent, handling water !
       
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blinked 9 year s ago
VanOord from the Netherlands. they build islands alright :)
       
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joop 9 year s ago
"Some types of sand are too dense and would sink"

So those things flote ¿?
       
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Cancamuso 9 year s ago
5 years later...

How to throw away millions of dollars.
       
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