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To: Rebelbase
Old stuff but good example of a situation where centuries of lack of free enterprise has squashed people's ability to fix problems.

I'd cut the Russians a little slack on this one. I'm not sure the technology exists to solve this problem.

6 posted on 07/26/2010 4:09:28 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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Technology depends on ideas and money. My first thought went to pontoon bridges. Why not pontoon roads, semi floating on the mud. Of course the cost might be too great.


10 posted on 07/26/2010 4:13:25 PM PDT by gleeaikin (question authority)
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To: 1rudeboy
I'd cut the Russians a little slack on this one. I'm not sure the technology exists to solve this problem.

It might not be cheap, and I've only given it 30 seconds of thought, but some kind of rectangular frame (cross-section in the direction of travel) that could rest on the permanent permafrost below and provide a base for a roadway topside might be the answer. Metal might be too thermally conductive, and concrete isn't cheap... well, never mind.

Ultra-corduroy roads?

34 posted on 07/26/2010 4:57:20 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: 1rudeboy
I agree a paved road wouldn't hold up over that permafrost. OTOH, Alaska maintains the Dalton Highway up to Prudhoe as an all weather gravel road. Of course, it's in Alaska's interest to maintain the road as the supplies to the oil fields run on it. But wouldn't a similar incentive exist for the Russians to maintain an al-weather road to support their exploitation of Siberia's mineral wealth?
36 posted on 07/26/2010 5:06:50 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: 1rudeboy
I'm not sure the technology exists to solve this problem.

It exists. It's just enormously expensive.

The freeze/thaw cycle and the torrential rains make a surface road impractical. But, an elevated road would work fine, as long as the footings are dug or driven down to below the frost line.

47 posted on 07/26/2010 5:27:23 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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