Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Georgia Aquarium - The Ocean View: How This Window Was Made...

At Georgia Aquarium, you have the privilege to see the "Ocean" from the perspective as you were inside a real ocean. It is a fantastic experience, specially if you have your kids with you, because most of us have no opportunity or courage to diving in the deeps of the ocean. But here, in the majestic Georgia Aquarium, you can have that experience without getting wet, and that's the best part.

I am going to transcribe how the window's wall on the ocean at Georgia Aquarium was made, and why acrylic was chosen instead of glass. Here it is:

  • Acrylic is up to 17 times stronger than glass.
  • The acrylic used on this window weighs 120 tons (108.9 metric tons).
  • The window area is 63 feet long (19.2 meters), 26 feet high (7.92 meters) and nearly 2 feet thick (0.6 m).
  • This window holds back 6,300,000 gallons (23,848,090 liters) of artificial seawater.
  • The window was made up of six panels by Nippura in Takamatsu, Japan.
  • Six panels chemically bonded onsite, and heat treated to 185*F (85*C) for a period of a month, make up this single view on the big Ocean. 

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

More of Georgia Aquarium

The Entrance for the Georgia Explorer

A Green Snake

Jelly Fish 

The Ocean Voyager

The Ocean View

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Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia at Pemberton Place, is billed as the "world's largest aquarium" with more than 8.1 million US gallons (31,000 m³) of marine and fresh water housing more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species. The aquarium's notable specimens include four young whale sharks, three beluga whales and two manta rays.
Funded mostly by a $250 million donation from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, the aquarium was built on a 20 acre (81,000 m²) site north of Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Marcus credited his 60th birthday dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 1990 as among the inspirations behind his desire to build an aquarium in Atlanta.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Tubing - Chattahoochee River in Helen, GA

Helen offers a wide range of attractions and outdoor activities. The area's natural setting lends itself to many activities including hiking, biking, swimming, camping and tubing or rafting on the river. Museums, waterfalls, and amusement parks are just some of the attractions that are sure to entertain the whole family.

Approximate distance in miles from Atlanta Georgia to Helen Georgia is 75 miles or 120.68 Kilometers.