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Articles - world's largest structures

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Image: Jet on USS Ronald Reagan

U.S.S. Ronald Reagan

Meet the United States Navy's newest monster of the sea. Powered by two nuclear reactors, the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan can operate for 20 years without refueling. Learn what went into this feat of engineering, and discover what life is like for the 6,000 inhabitants on board.


Image: View of Sears Tower in Chicago

Sears Tower

Meet the people who make the tallest building in North America come alive. Take a wild ride inside the elevator shafts of the Sears Tower. Then, climb inside its towering antennae, and get a window-washer's view of Chicago.


Image: Train coming out of Channel Tunnel

Channel Tunnel

It's the most expensive railway tunnel ever built—a product of endless surveying, giant boring machines, and a massive gamble. The Channel Tunnel connecting England and France is now huge success, but there was a time when it was the tunnel nobody wanted.


Image: Japan's Kansai Airport

Kansai International Airport

Japan's Kansai Airport is one of the greatest engineering achievements in the world, but it was built on a man-made island the size of Monaco and now the island is sinking.


Image: Autobahn

Autobahn

The Autobahn is nearly 7,300 miles (11,750 km) long, enough to cross the United States twice. But it's all packed into an area roughly the size of Montana! Discover what it takes to build, operate, and drive the world's greatest super highway.


Image: Itaipْ Dam

Itaipْ Dam

Itaipu Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric power plant, is a triumph of giant-scale engineering. Learn how forty thousand construction workers diverted the world's 7th largest river.


 

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