To the Extreme

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In the history of mankind, some of its greatest achievements are in the structures it has built. From the Pyramids to skyscrapers, the mind of man has come up with some of the most amazing structures that makes us stand back in awe. Many of these structures are built out of necessity. Then again, some are built to see if there are limits to where our imagination can lead us. Just as the picture above which shows a tennis court that was put on top of the 1,000 foot Burj al Arab Tower in Dubai, mankind can build things to the extreme.


The Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).


The Beipanjiang Bridge Duge in Dugexiang, Guizhou, China, is the world's Highest Bridge. It has a height of 1,854 feet--565 meters and a length of 2,362 feet--720 meters. It was completed in 2016.


While Tokyo, Japan is considered the largest city in the world because of its population of 35,700,000 New York City is the largest city in the area it covers. The population of New york is 20,464,000 and has a land area of 11,842 square miles--30,671 SqKm.


The world`s largest swimming pool is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115-ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water. It is located at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile.


The Large Hadron Collider or LHC, is the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, the largest and the largest single machine in the world. It was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometers (17 mi) in circumference, as deep as 175 meters (574 ft) beneath the France–Switzerland border near Geneva, Switzerland.


The Antonov An-225, a Ukrainian cargo jet named "Mriya" is the only plane of its kind. It is a cargo plane that has six jet engines and 32 wheels. Its wingspan measures 290 feet (88 meters), Which is longer than five 53-foot semi-truck trailers set end-to-end. Its maximum total weight at takeoff: 640 tons.


The MV CSCL Globe is a container ship owned and operated by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). It has an overall length of 400 m (1,312 ft) and a maximum capacity of 19,100 twenty-foot containers. The ship a service speed of 20.5 knots (38 km/h).


The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner. The A380-800 has a cabin that has 550 square metres (5,920 sq ft) of usable floor space, 40% more than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747-8, and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration. The A380-800 has a range of 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 km) and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85, or about 900 km/h, 560 mph.


The world`s largest passenger cruise ship is named The Harmony of the Seas. It has a weight of 226,963 gross registered tons, a length of 1,188.1 ft (362.12 m), with a passenger capacity of 5,479 guests at double occupancy (it fits 6,780 guests total) and 2,100 crew members.


In Chiatura, Georgia there is an old monastery, that is no longer in use and is accessible via an iron ladder that extends from the ground up to the top. While it is not the largest, it is one that can be classified as extreme.


In Australia this four-story home is still only in the conceptual stages, but is in the extreme category.


Known by the names, Seawise Giant, Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, Knock Nevis, Oppama, and finally Mont, is a supertanker and the longest ship ever built. Seawise Giant was the longest ship ever constructed. It is 458 Meters (m)---1502.62467 Feet (ft) in length. It is longer than the Empire State building is in height. She can reach speeds up to 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h).


Made in Germany, the Bagger 288 stands some 311 feet tall, is 705 feet long and weighs 45,500 tons. It is used in strip mining.


The Panama Canal is a man-made 48-mile (77 km) waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. France began work on the canal in 1881, but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904, and opened the canal on August 15, 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken.-----


The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable artificial satellite. It is the largest artificial body in orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.


The Great Wall of China stretches from Dandong in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. The Ming walls measure 8,850 km (5,500 mi).


Tsar Bomba was the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Its test on October 30, 1961, remains the most powerful man-made explosion in human history.


The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium seats 114,000 and is located in Pyongyang, North Korea,


The Troll A platform is an offshore natural gas platform off the west coast of Norway. At 1.2 million ton ballasted under tow, 472 meters high, with underwater concrete structure at 369 meters, and dry weight of 656,000 tons, the Troll A is among the largest and most complex engineering projects in history. It is the largest object ever to be moved by man across the surface of the Earth.


Simply an amazing feat of engineering and work done by an ancient civilization. To this day, we really do not know how they were built. However, we have a good idea in how they could have done this.