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Artificial Island ?

  1. Nov 11, 2007 #1

    JPC

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    hey was wondering :

    Is it possible today to create a sort of artificial island without soil :
    Like you have Big metalic Hexagonal blocks with air inside them (that float), that you attach together ? and then that you can have a big surface at sea where u can build on
     
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  3. Nov 11, 2007 #2

    FredGarvin

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    I can't say that you can do it without soil. However, artificial islands are in use for some very crucial things. Look at Japan's Kansai Airport.
     
  4. Nov 11, 2007 #3

    russ_watters

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  5. Nov 12, 2007 #4

    Danger

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    It's certainly possible to build something large that floats; I just don't know if it can be considered an island unless it's built up from the ocean floor and contains 'natural' materials such as rocks and sand.
     
  6. Nov 13, 2007 #5

    JPC

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    But why isnt anything of the sort being made ?

    I mean you could build everything on a floating metalic structure, and add some soil to make it look better for other people ?

    i would imagine them well as floating millitary bases that could be draged close to the country you want to attack , ect
    with all the munitions, tools, ect onboard
     
  7. Nov 13, 2007 #6

    FredGarvin

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    I would imagine two reasons; cost and need.


    We already pretty much have that with aircraft carriers. Plus there is always the fact of having to stay in international waters or getting permission from other countries to enter their territories.
     
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