A recent aerial shot (bottom) of the 12.9km long Confederation Bridge (top) linking Prince Edward Island to mainland New Brunswick in Canada showing surface ice in the frozen strait neatly sliced into rectangles by its evenly spaced piers. To wit:

To put the rectangles into perspective, the bridge piers that are designed to break up the ice floes are 250 meters apart. That distance would also represent the width of each of the rectangles. The length of the blocks varies but, on average, the length is about 75 per cent greater than the width.

(Photo: Paul Tymstra)

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5 thoughts on “Pier Pressure

  1. Odockatee

    Ice Delivery Man: You’ve got to start selling this for more than a dollar a bag. We lost four more men on this expedition!
    Apu: If you can think of a better way to get ice, I’d like to hear it.

  2. Mourinho

    Where is the cliche of how many football fields?

    Here…

    437.5m x 250m

    GAA pitch
    140m x 90m

    So 8.68 football fields.

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