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Water Bridge in Germany

Netlore Archive: Circulating via email, a photo of a so-called 'water bridge' over the Elbe River in Magdeburg, Germany.

Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Sep. 2005
Status: Authentic

Email contributed by Ann P., Sep. 16, 2005:

Water Bridge in Germany.... What a feat!

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters long.......now this is engineering! This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.

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Analysis: True! Shown above is the world's largest water bridge (or canal bridge), built over the Elbe River in Magdeburg, Germany at a cost of 500 million Euros. Completed in December 2003, the bridge is 918 meters long and has been modestly described as "a giant, kilometer-long concrete bathtub." See sources below for more information.

Sources and further reading:

Europe's Largest Water Bridge Opens
Deutsche Welle, 10 October 2003

Canal Bridge Magdeburg
Dillinger Hütte GTS, company Web site

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Last updated: 10/10/05

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