Thames Barrier

Awesome Engineering for Flood Control

Some of the world’s most amazing structures are also the most practical. Japan, England, the Netherlands, and other low-lying countries have developed ingenious, high-tech systems for flood control. These dams, gates, and water barriers were not designed for beauty, and yet many are so visually arresting, they take your breath away.

For Americans who remember the devastation of levee breaches in New Orleans, what could be more beautiful?

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