Nuclear Excavation of a Sea-Level Isthmian Canal

by Aviva E. Gileadi,
Wilson K. Talley,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways and Harbors Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 3, Pg. 329-336

Document Type: Journal Paper


The study considers the construction of a sea level canal from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Mediterranean Sea, by means of nuclear explosives. In 1956 a similar proposal was reviewed and rejected for reasons of public safety and economics. The addition of a decade of research has scarcely altered the picture: nuclear excavation is economically competitive but presents seismic hazards. If limited to the construction of a waterway from the port of Elat to the Dead Sea, the project appears feasible. The nuclear excavation of that 120 km route would require about 300 Mt and cost about $210 million for the devices used.

Subject Headings: Excavation | Sea level | Canals | Public health and safety | Economic factors | Offshore construction | Gulfs | Explosions | Gulf of Aqaba | Mediterranean Sea | Dead Sea

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