What do you do when you need to connect one waterway to another but they’re separated vertically by 24 metres? You build the Falkirk Wheel.
This ergonomic invention works on the principle that any object will always displace its weight in water, so when a ship reaches the upper wheel, tanks of water in the lower wheel are released and the heavier object causes the wheel to turn (bringing the boat down to the lower level…vice-versa to get up).
The whole project cost 32 million pounds and was finished in 2002. It has since changed the travel through water in Scotland and made for a much more convenient community. It also has managed to attract quite a fair amount of tourists.
Revolutionary Water Roads
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