America’s Last Top Model

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In 1943, the Army Corps of Engineers began construction on a scale model that could test flooding in all 1.25 million square miles of the Mississippi River. It would be a three-dimensional map of nearly half of the continental United States, rendered to a 1/2000 horizontal scale, spanning more than 200 acres. It was so big that the only way to see all of it as once was from a four-story observation tower. Ryan Kailath paid it a visit.

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Shannon D
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Shannon D
Computer models are good enough? :) Maybe not based on flooring in recent years.
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Candi M
I never knew this existed! It is amazing!
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Yvonne B
Wow, never knew. Based on the flooding issues of Louisiana a few years ago, and Texas just recently, I would think it could still serve as an invaluable tool of science. Somehow we should at least attempt to preserve it. What an awesome reference and reminder of our own great endeavors to overcoming natural challenges.
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Kevin M
Very interesting. Who knew?
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