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Nov. 22nd, 2006

Ganked from molasses



At first I was amazed at this piece of equipment, kind of a sci-fi industrial-looking thing. Then I realized that it had all the earmarks of being a photoreal CGI model, somebody's nightmare technology done up in Lightwave or somesuch.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucket-wheel_excavator

Holy effluvious crap, that thing is real. To get an idea of the scale, click on the link to the google map.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/060428-bagger288-garzweiler.jpg

(note: I left the image in a link because the photo is so large: 5236x1693, 1111 KB.)

That large image is rife with detail, and just screams spaceship design, or perhaps some sort of future terraforming technology-- you know, for those 3D modelers out there.

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jenx
Nov. 22nd, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
I saw the image in the APOD feed, which gives an explanation that the machine is used in mining - it can cut out a section as large as a football field in a day.
alcippe
Nov. 22nd, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
WHOA. I totally thought it was a CGI model too!
avindair
Nov. 22nd, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Holy farking snit!

I look at that and hear a barely audible bass voice saying "I hunger..."
magicmarmot
Nov. 22nd, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
It just screams sci-fi, doesn't it?
saveau
Nov. 22nd, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
I've actually seen something similar up close. When I went on a trip to North Dakota (shudder) with my dad a while back, we toured a coal-fired power plant and its associated strip mine. The machine was a somewhat different design, but easily as large as what's in this photo. I would not have been entirely surprised to see it stand up and unfold missile launchers and laser cannons from its torso before stomping off in search of a town to flatten...
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