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The Projects that Push the Limits of Engineering

10 projects that push the boundaries of the engineered world



Oliver Munday

Delta Works

The world’s largest water-battling structure isn’t a dam—it’s a network. More than 10,000 miles of levees, dikes and dams combine to protect the Nether­lands from the North Sea. The project took half a century to build, but climate-induced sea-level rise means that Dutch engineers will forever be upgrading Delta Works to keep the country dry.

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