Orbital View: JK, It's a Bridge

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A metallic stripe over rippling blues:

From Benjamin Grant’s caption:

The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge is a steel and concrete structure that crosses Lake Paranoá in Brasília, Brazil. The main span has four supporting pillars submerged underwater, while the deck weight is supported by three 200-foot-tall (61 m) asymmetrical steel arches that crisscross diagonally over the bridge.

For reference, here’s the same structure, from a different angle:


The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, which opened in 2002, is nicknamed “JK Bridge” for short. No kidding.

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