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Concrete And Its Uses

Bill gates has recently written a piece for the online publisher Quartz entitled ‘Have you hugged a concrete pillar today?' based upon the the writings of historian author Vaclav Smil which originally detailed how as a species, we use the most basic materials to build and fuel our own civilisation.  
One of the main materials discussed in the book is concrete.

A fact that underpins this is that China used more concrete in the last 3  years than the whole of the USA have used in the last 100; this staggering fact just shows that concrete is the number 1 material for urbanisation.

Below are the five largest structures made from concrete.


Three Gorges Dam, China - A hydropower concrete dam on the Yangtze river.
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Once the tallest concrete buildings in the world, the concrete foundations go 120 metres deep.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE - Currently the largest building in the world.

King Fahd Causeway, Saudi Arabia & Bahrain - This 17 mile causeway is the concrete road that connect Saudi Arabia to Bahrain.

Grande Dixence Dam, Switzerland - Simply the tallest concrete dam in the world

Posted: Feb 24, 2015

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