The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography, 3rd Edition

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/01/2006
  • Publisher: Wiley
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A symbolic event took place in China in the first week of July 2006: the inaugural journey of a train linking China's capital, Beijing, with Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Laid by 100,000 construction workers across icy mountains, the final 710 miles (1140 km) of the track constitutes an engineering marvel, climbing as high as 16,640 feet (5000 m) across permafrost-ridden terrain. No other railway in the world reaches such altitudes; the carriages of the "Sky Train," with a total capacity of 900 passengers, are sealed and pressurized like the fuselage of an airplane.

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