The World's Strangest Airports

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Tue, Nov 5th, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Popular Mechanics has put together a gallery of the world's 18 strangest airports, starting with Kansai International Airport that sits on top an artificially created island. And they only get weirder from there. The above image is from the Wikipedia page on Kansai International Airport.

Kansai's artificial island is 2.5 miles long and 1.6 miles wide — so large that it's visible from space. Earthquakes, dangerous cyclones, an unstable seabed, and sabotage attempts from protestors are just some of the variables engineers were forced to account for. As impressive as the airport is, Stewart Schreckengast, a professor of aviation technology at Purdue University and a former aviation consultant with MITRE, cautions that climate change and rising sea levels pose a very real threat to the airport's existence. "When this was built, [engineers] probably didn't account for global warming," he says. "In 50 years or so, this might be underwater."

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