Amazing Falkirk Wheel replaces 11 boat-lifting locks
OK, this is not exactly “Least, First” theme material. But this dazzling canal lock story from Treehugger.com is too good to pass up.
Trace the traffic in the photo: Boats enter from the pool in the foreground (through the semi-circle) or the canal in the background (across the bridge), then ride the wheel—in a tray gizmo full of water—upstream or down. Yes, those tiny little windowy things way down at the bottom are the boats – pleasure barges.
Spawned by a design competition, the wheel’s balance is so perfect that it uses (with each four-minute rotation) only about as much electricity as it might take to boil a few tea-kettles.
Zow, that is neat. Wanna go?
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