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Moving an entire city
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Sweden https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/...in-the-way Sweden 

The world’s biggest iron ore tunnel mine is about to swallow the Swedish city of Kiruna. The company’s answer? Move the city

The crack appeared a few years ago, and has been creeping towards the town of Kiruna ever since.

“The mines are underneath us,” says Göran Cars. It’s early afternoon but the sun is already setting behind the mountain, colouring the clouds and outlining the town’s most prominent feature: two huge smokestacks. “And you can see the direction of the cracks – coming from the mine, and going straight up to the city centre.”

The mine, Kiirunavaara, is the reason this Swedish town of roughly 20,000 people deep in northern Lapland exists at all. It is one the world’s largest underground iron ore mines, and it dominates both economically and visually, the smokestacks sending up twin plumes of black smoke from the denuded mountain like a kind of Arctic Mordor.



This sounds like a very ambitious project. However, they've known about this danger for a long time (the planning for this move began in 2004) - so, it seems that they know what they're doing :)

Of course, if all goes well, I suspect we'll see it being re-applied to coastal towns that are in danger of being inundated by rising sea levels :( .
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That’s crazy!
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It certainly is crazy!

Although, with climate change taking hold, I suspect it could become the norm within our lifetimes :( . (Perhaps it won't be entire cities that are moved - just the low-lying areas - but, still)
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The fact that they have found a solution doesn't excuse them for wrecking everything in the first place, though.
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(12-08-2018, 02:09 PM)Dust Bowl Wrote: The fact that they have found a solution doesn't excuse them for wrecking everything in the first place, though.

Yep, that's true. This is definitely a case where the prevention is better than the cure.
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You know, people can move cities too here in the US. Some cities only have one person, so only one person needs to move.
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while its ambitious we have the technology to move entire buildings so its not really a stretch to do so. the big issue will be finding a suitable location to move the city and still be close to the mine for refining purposes.

Though yes this could have been prevented had precautions been taken. and if the mine collapses it could be even worse.
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(12-08-2018, 09:03 PM)5819 Wrote: You know, people can move cities too here in the US. Some cities only have one person, so only one person needs to move.

True, but even if they did, they generally wouldn't take the physical city (their house, etc.) with them. (I mean, they could - especially if the entire city was just them in a caravan - but it'd be unusual :P
 
(12-09-2018, 10:19 PM)GrieferLord Wrote: while its ambitious we have the technology to move entire buildings so its not really a stretch to do so. the big issue will be finding a suitable location to move the city and still be close to the mine for refining purposes.

Though yes this could have been prevented had precautions been taken. and if the mine collapses it could be even worse.

According to the article, the new location is about three miles away. If the crack is expanding by a few metres every year, then that should save the town for a few centuries, at least - but, yes, I am kinda worried that this might just teach people to look for ways to erase their mistakes instead of learning from them.
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If repair is out of the question on the condemned zone, I would much rather move a city and its people rather than have its entity swallowed up in a sinkhole etc.

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