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First you need to decide if there is any reason for optimism at all. And then maybe there is no development of technology. Or is this development someone deliberately restrains or corrects in the right direction? In order to see what humanity is capable of at the moment, it is most logical to look at China.
*** China Megaprojects ***
For example, look at this sealed railroad in the Himalayas. This is perhaps the clearest demonstration of what China is capable of in the field of transport. Yes, we've all seen the railways. But not like that. After all, these are trains and carriages on which you can go into space. Or go down under the water.
Before departure, hatches are closed here, the windows do not open, and in the cabin an acceptable level of saturation of the air mixture and pressure is artificially maintained. The thing is that the Qinghai-Tibet Railway runs along the upper border of the troposphere - where there is not enough air, and in a critical case, oxygen starvation can begin. At an altitude of 4 thousand kilometers above sea level. This is a familiar environment for the Himalayas, the highest mountain range on the planet. Tibet is located on the slopes of the Himalayan mountains: a territory with a turbulent history and a complex legal status. For decades, activists and human rights defenders from around the world have called for the liberation of Tibet from Chinese occupation. The PRC does not consider its management of the occupation; for communist China, Tibet is just one of the regions of a huge country. And this region needs transport.
Prior to the construction of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the journey from remote Tibetan villages to “greater China” took days, if not weeks. People moved on foot or on donkeys. No one has ever tried to build a railway in such difficult natural conditions. But China did it. The carriages are more like a bathyscaphe than an electric train.
Mind-blowing overpasses that lift the train to the height of a five-story building for the sake of local fauna: the railway literally hovers above the ground so as not to interfere with local animals. Rails that are laid directly in the permafrost. Before the PRC, only the USSR faced such a need - and failed to cope with the task. In the polar regions of the Russian North, there are simply no really long railways with regular passenger traffic. And now there is in China. To do this, Chinese engineers used liquid nitrogen to further freeze the soil. Deep freezing guarantees the safety of the railway in any thaw. The branch was built from 1974 to 2006. Now the high-altitude railway is working and regularly transports passengers on a daily basis.
And here is another Chinese miracle - a city the size of Belarus and a dubious river-unfolding project that is already becoming a reality today. China's megaproject began with overpopulation in Beijing. So many people live in the capital and its suburbs that it took 4-5 hours to get to work in one direction. This problem was solved in China on a grand scale: the 13 millionth Tianjin will be attached to the 22 millionth Beijing. And along with that, the whole province of Hebei, notorious for its dirty metallurgical production. Another 78 million people live in the region.
The resulting monster should become the metropolitan metropolitan area of the PRC. It will be a city the size of Belarus and a population of over 130 million.Almost the same number of people live in all of Russia. And this is where rivers appear in the project. Located on the edge of a desertification zone, Beijing and the surrounding area suffer from water shortages. Large-scale construction work in the new mega-city only exacerbates this deficit. The reversal of rivers is intended to correct the imbalance. In order to supply the city with water, three giant canals will be dug in China. They will direct water from the humid southern regions to the arid north, where Beijing and Tianjin are located. The 1150-kilometer eastern canal will drain water from the Yangtze River. The canal will flow up the slopes with 20 pumping stations and fill reservoirs in Tianjin. The second channel, 1263 km long, will flow downward - it is intended for Beijing. __