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Japan sees modern Atlantis spiral deep into ocean

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Sounds interesting but how much would three trillion yen ($25 billion) balloon to by 2030?

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Well nothing that could go wrong there, eh...

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Earthquakes?

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I see where this idea came from...do you know those guys sitting alone in front of Starbucks shops, with lots of time to spare?...Well...

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I remember teaching a unit from an English textbook where Shimizu had planned to build a "city in the sky" that would accommodate 1 million people living in giant glass pyramids. This was an old(er) book, mind you, but I have yet to see them start construction. Some herbs are being smoked amongst the staff at Shimizu HQ, me thinks.

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I don't care about the facts and the obvious problems, I just think it's cool!

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Well at least TEPCO wouldn't need to be there...

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While it sounds cool, I would prefer to live on a sky city instead. One of the things I have against an underwater city is the atmospheric pressure it builds up. Anyone whom traveled via subway under a huge body of water knows about this when that "poping" effect you get inside your ears happens. It's very uncomfortable.

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What's the point, when humans only occupy about 3% of the earth's surface. Still plenty of space on god's green land.

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The point is about thinking of the future, ways we could develop, ways we can move forward. I don't think they have any intention of actually building these, rather it's an exercise in dreaming, so we can come up with new potential ways of living.

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It's a pretty neat idea, but I hope they've taken earthquakes into account. Wouldn't want this modern Atlantis to end up like its legendary ancestor. There's a lot of employment opportunities with this, and not just in construction. Deep seas hold a lot of natural resources: rare earth metals for example, and deuterium. An undersea city like this would be in a prime location to harvest these goodies and share them with the surface world.

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The title is strange. Atlantis wasn't purposely built under the sea. It (supposedly) sank.

Hardly a good omen....

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we hear them from japan, but i want them to be done by japan. its not little that japan has succeded in modeling a structural idea about the future. SO why not built this one on atlantic, and colonize it to be under japan.

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I read somewhere that the Ocean is actually under utilized. Some scientist calculated that if we all started eating fish and giving up beef, we would reduce global warming from cow farms by a lot, even more than everyone giving up their cars.

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I understand these are really just exercises intended to lead to research into more specific scientific and engineering problems, but even given that, $25 billion to house and employ 5,000 people doesn't sound particularly cost-effective.

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There is much to learn from the ocean. Japan is an exciting partner in this investment. Sky is cool, but so overdone since George Bush canceled the space shuttle program. I am still hoping to see fusion energy in my lifetime.

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Everything that man has accomplished or envisioned came from thinking outside the box. I see nothing wrong with that.

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Complete fantasy, of course, but a nice bit of free publicity across the world for this company. That's the only reason they come out with these sorts of castles in the air (or underwater, in this case).

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Japan can't redevelop land occupied by bankrupt pachinko parlors near me, how could they ever do this?

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Didn't Kara Supergirl lived in an underwater spiral

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