Great Walls of America ‘could stop tornadoes’



Maybe we should also build a wall around the ice caps so the sea level stop rising? Put a cork in those volcanoes? Or put some braces on those pesky tectonic plates that keep causing such a fucking ruckus.  Surely our quest to dominate nature instead of adapting to its dynamics will pay off then.

Via BBC:

Building three “Great Walls” across Tornado Alley in the US could eliminate the disasters, a physicist says.

The barriers – 300m (980ft) high and up to 100 miles long – would act like hill ranges, softening winds before twisters can form.

They would cost $16bn (£9.6bn) to build but save billions of dollars of damage each year, said Prof Rongjia Tao, of Temple University, Philadelphia.

He unveiled his idea at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver.

However critics say the idea is unworkable, and would create more problems than it solves.

11 Comments on "Great Walls of America ‘could stop tornadoes’"

  1. why dont they just rebuild after one hits and flattens everything with houses that are like bunkers or tornado proof designs? seems more practical. There are not enough tornado documentaries of netflix for. or just freaken have basement houses only with like tents on top to relax while watching tv or whatever, a soft, easy to rebuild extension just not made of nails and wood something maybe modular where the parts break apart like legos, but can be placed back together after being collected, just not the main rooms of the house, that need to be underground under a slap a concrete and some system to pump out any excess ground water. the building code should be different.

    • Rhoid Rager | Mar 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm |

      nice stream of thought. reminds me of my high daze.

    • Awesome! Loving the Lego-style idea. And it’d be kind of fun to spend days, if not weeks, trying to find all the pieces of the upper part of your former home, which are now scattered over literally hundreds of miles of territory.

      And they say that thinking outside the (Lego) box is dead.

      • Umm from what I see all the ruble stays around the house only some get carried away which could easily be tracked by some simple radio transmitters. Don’t be so fucking negative. In reality I am fucking practical and way more intelligent than you. Asshole, this is a reL problem. The fucking people in this site are all fucking lame trolls. You know nothing about this and your will power to actually write something constructive is even more pathetic.

        • All of the “ruble” (sic) stays around the house? Are you serious? Awesome! I can just follow tornadoes around, collect all those rubles, and then take them to Russia and buy something really neat with them!

          And it’ll be easy to find them, too, because you’re going to put simple radio transmitters in every single piece. Genius!

          How’s that for positive thinking? I am a veritable wellspring of positivity on this!

          And hey, I don’t doubt for a second that you are way more intelligent than me. Clearly you have a lot to teach me about basic spelling and grammar, for starters.

          And general knowledge! Heck, I don’t even know what a “reL problem” is? Is it some kind of problem from another planet? The planet reL, perhaps?

          No negativity here, nossirreebob! I am positive you are one of the world’s great thinkers!

  2. Gjallarbru | Mar 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm |

    My twisted mind went right to the idea that huge freakin’ walls would be really great for a police state. But that’s preposterous… right?

  3. AManCalledDa-da | Mar 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm |

    Actually, a big unicorn could do it, too. A REALLY BIG unicorn.

  4. InfvoCuernos | Mar 11, 2014 at 11:58 pm |

    Hey, here’s a great idea: let’s NOT build these giant wastes of money that will further destroy nature and segment huge areas and probably collapse in a few years from instability due to the job going to the lowest bidder. just NO. NO. NO walls. I’m not having it.

    • I feel the same… although part of me wants to see them do it, just to watch how badly it turns out. And to observe the unexpected knock-on side effects the walls inevitably cause…

      • Rhoid Rager | Mar 13, 2014 at 12:41 am |

        no more animal migration, unless they build tunnels; but then you’d have to somehow convince the beasts that going into a small dark place is part of their natural migratory habits.

        But seriously; how much concrete and steel re-bar would it take to build a 90-story 100-mile long wall? It’s OK to price that out in the billions an all, but that’s basically assuming that most other concrete structures won’t be built during the construction phase of the Great Wall of Oklahoma. Silliness. I bet this guy got a $50,000 grant to research this.

  5. As usual, the big thinkers at the American Physical Society (clearly non-aligned with the American Mental Society… or are they?) have ignored the question of what to do to ensure retaining all the livestock that tends to be in affected areas.

    But I have an idea that’s up there with the big walls:

    Nails. BIG nails. Through their hooves. (Hoofs?) Nail em down, I say!

    I can’t see anything going wrong with EITHER plan.

    (Right, where’s my $16bn to research and produce nails exactly the right length for the purpose…?)

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