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The Suspense is killing me


srossi14

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A couple of years ago, my family traveled to San Francisco and one thing we did was see the Golden Gate Bridge. To my disappointment, it was not that bright red that you might see in pictures. Anyway, the Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that is about three miles long and crosses the San Francisco Bay. With such a massive structure, one might wonder, how on earth does it stay up? Well, it has to do with the “suspension” part. By connecting cables to the middle of the bridge, up to towers, and back to the ends of the bridge, it decreases the force of the weight of the bridge in the middle, by creating a force upwards from tension. This way, the middle of bridge doesn’t collapse, and the bridge stays structurally sound. Unfortunately though, the suspension cables don’t protect the bridge from getting destroyed in a multitude of movies.

 

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