The Scale of China's (and the World's) Longest Sea Bridge

qingdao.jpg

As a wannabe marathon runner, the news that you could complete the 26-mile race entirely on a new bridge built in Qingdao, China blew my mind.

The Qinqdao Haiwan Bridge stretches 26.4 miles in spanning Jiaozhou Bay, nearly three miles longer than the Lake Pontchartain Causeway, which had held the record for longest sea bridge.

What I really needed, though, was a way of conceptualizing how long this bridge was relative to a landmark that I know better than the Causeway. For example, how would this bridge look in the Bay Area? In the map below, look at how relatively tiny the Golden Gate Bridge is when compared to that long streak of red.

goldengate.jpg

Presented by

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we still save the night sky?

Video

The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City

Video

Desegregated, Yet Unequal

A short documentary about the legacy of Boston busing

Video

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.

Video

Social Media: The Video Game

What if the validation of your peers could "level up" your life?

Video

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.

More in Technology

Just In