This morning when you woke up, you were wondering about buildings, structures, bridges and everything in between. You then wondered, hmm, which ones are made of concrete? Then, you pondered the magnificence that is concrete.
You and I are so alike. Here are four structures that are made with or entirely out of concrete and are sticking around.
1. Ah, Rome. The Romans liked concrete.blogpostcolo
Hello friends, meet the Colosseum. Colosseum, meet my friends. Inaugurated in 80 AD, you can still go visit this bad boy today. Wondering why it is still standing? Concrete. From this post right here we learned that Roman concrete was pretty weak in today’s standards. Yup, pretty weak. Can you imagine how long our structures are going to be standing if this was “pretty weak”? We also learned that they mixed it up with volcanic ash. That’s really crazy. And interesting. It’s crazy and interesting.
2. AQUEDUCTS! EVERYONE GETS THEIR VERY OWN AQUEDUCT!Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 10.37.05 PM
That’s what Oprah would say if she lived somewhere between 40-60 AD.
This is the Pont Du Gard aqueduct in France. While in France, it was still built by the Romans. Gosh, I love those guys. When this was in its prime, it carried almost 44,000,000 gallons of water a day.
You know where it went? To the citizens of Nimes. For bathing, and general home stuff. 44,000,000 gallons of water a day. It still looks great, almost like it only carried 22,000,000 gallons a day.
3. The Romans refuse to leave us!Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 10.38.55 PM
This is the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. Again, kickin’ it since AD. What a gem. Seriously, how does concrete do this?
4. Oh, hey, Panama. Is it awkward that you’re here? Its just been a lot of Rome.
The Panama Canal comes in at number four. Built most recently (first active in 1914), this baby Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 10.41.20 PMcranked up international trade. All because of reinforced concrete. I think I might be crying a little. It’s so beautiful.
Okay, you caught me. This is a shameless plug for concrete. It worked though, didn’t it? Concrete lasts. It sticks around like glitter. Seriously. You never get rid of glitter.