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What are the Seven Wonders of the Modern World?

The Panama Canal, a 50 mile long waterway, is one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
The Empire State Building was completed in 13 months.
Though now surpassed in size by the Three Gorges and Itaipu Dams, the Hoover Dam was considered the world's most impressive dam for half a century.
Seattle's Space Needle is only a third the height of CN Tower in Toronto.
Completed in 1937, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
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As a counterpoint to the seven wonders of the Ancient world — feats of architecture and sculpture from Ancient times — the American Society of Civil Engineers created a list of seven wonders of the modern world in 1994. Each structure was chosen based on its function, design, and engineering achievement at the time it was built. In a certain way, these wonders are more diverse, each representing a distinct type of structure: a tunnel, a tower, a skyscraper, a bridge, a dam, a dike, and a canal.

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE MODERN WORLD
Name Type Location Dates Dimensions
Channel Tunnel tunnel English Channel 1987-1994 twin tunnels, 31 mi (50 km) long and 24 ft (7.3 m) in diameter; 130 ft (40 m) below the seabed
CN Tower tower Toronto, Canada 1973-1976 1815 feet (554 m) high
Empire State Building skyscraper New York City 1930-1931 1250 feet (381 m) high
Golden Gate Bridge bridge San Francisco Bay 1933-1937 overall length 9,266 ft (2,824 m); 4,200 ft (1,280 m)
Itaipu Dam dam Brazil/Paraguay border 1975-1991 5 mi (8 km) wide
Netherlands North Sea Protection Works dike North Sea 1927-1932; 1957-1981 19-mi (31-km) long enclosure dam; 2-mi (3-km) barrier
Panama Canal canal Panama 1881-1889; 1904-1914 50-mi (80 km) long
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Foofie
Post 4

The internet is not a wonder of the modern world? We never had the entire world connected, where folks at home can communicate to literal strangers on the other side of the planet in real time. If this was not included, I have to doubt the accuracy of the votes obtained. Were any voters voting for something that related to their respective country? The internet is global. It is a wonder of the modern civilization.

anon29801
Post 3

Yeah, but the Space Needle is cooler looking than the CN Tower.

ellefagan
Post 2

That was a very good one for us!

Your article on the the Ancient Wonders made a fine companion to this one on the Modern Wonders to save for my reference.

Thanks WiseGeek!

anon29754
Post 1

What about the Three Gorges Dam in China? Is it one of the wonders to be included in this modern world?

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