Colossal Steps

The Robert-Bourassa Reservoir is located in northern Quebec, in Canada. It was created in the mid-1970s by impounding the La Grande River to store water needed for hydroelectric power generation at Robert-Bourassa and La Grande-2-A generating stations. The reservoir has a capacity of 61.7 billion cubic meters and covers a surface area of 2,815 square km. The embankment dam is 162 meters high and 2,835 meters in length. But the centerpiece of the dam and reservoir is the immense spillway aptly called “the giant’s staircase.”

The spillway is shaped like a staircase almost 2 kilometers long and features 10 steps, each 10 meters high and 122 meters wide, or twice the width of a football field. It has a discharge capacity of 16,280 cubic meters of water per second, slightly more water than St. Lawrence River beside Québec’s capital city. This phenomenal capacity corresponds to an exceptional flood likely to occur once every 10,000 years.

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This image of the Giant’s Staircase is deceptive. Each step is 10 m tall and the total length of the spillway from the gates at the top to the bottom is almost 2 km.

The spillway allows excess water to escape safely from the reservoir without spilling over the dam crest. The stepped nature of the spillway is designed to break the flow of the water and thus reduce its kinetic energy to avoid damage and erosion. Except during flood periods, water does not normally flow over this spillway. When there is a flood the gates, which can be seen at the top of the spillway, are opened and water is discharged into Grande Riviere or the Great River.

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World’s First Floating City To Emerge In The Pacific Ocean By 2020

“If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country,” Joe Quirk, the president of the Seasteading Institute told the New York Times. “We can create a huge diversity of governments for a huge diversity of people.”

The community in question should consist of about a dozen structures, including homes, hotels, offices, and restaurants. Engineers and architects have already visited an undisclosed location where the project should emerge. The main aim of the idea is to “liberate humanity from politicians” and “rewrite the rules that govern society”.

Quirk claimed that building this utopian offshore will cost about $167 million. The Seasteading Institute has already received seed funding from PayPal founder Peter Thiel, however for the next phase of the project the institute hopes to hold an “initial coin offering,” a crowdfunding campaign which raises money by creating and selling virtual currency.

Floating cities are no longer science fiction

 

Seasteading Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit has been developing this idea since the foundation of the organization in 2008

It has reached an agreement with the government of French Polynesia to begin testing in its waters

“If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country”

“We can create a huge diversity of governments for a huge diversity of people”

The community in question should consist of about a dozen structures, including homes, hotels, offices, and restaurants

Engineers and architects have already visited an undisclosed location where the project should emerge

The main aim of the idea is to “liberate humanity from politicians” and “rewrite the rules that govern society”

Building this utopian offshore will cost about $167 million

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