The longest suspension
bridge in the world
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How is the bridge supported?
Verrazano, an Italian about whom little is known, sailed into New York Harbour in 1524 and named it Angouleme. He described it as 'a very agreeable situation located within two small hills in the midst of which flowed a great river.' Though Verrazano is by no means considered to be a great explorer, his name will probably remain immortal, for on November 21st, 1964, the longest suspension bridge in the world was named after him.
The Verrazano Bridge, which was designed by Othmar Ammann, joins Brooklyn to Staten Island. It has a span of 4,260 feet. The bridge is so long that the shape of the earth had to be taken into account by its designer. Two great towers support four huge cables. The towers are built on immense underwater platforms make of steel and concrete. The platforms extend to a depth of over 100 feet under the sea. These alone took sixteen months to build. Above the surface of the water, the towers rise to a height of nearly 700 feet. They support the cables from which the bridge has been suspended. Each of the four cables contains 26,108 lengths of wire. It has been estimated that if the bridge were packed with cars, it would still only be carrying a third of its total capacity. However, size and strength are not the only important things about this bridge. Despite its immensity, it is both simple and elegant, fulfilling its designer's dream to create 'an enormous object drawn as faintly as possible'.
New words and expressions 生词和短语
The light is suspended from the ceiling.
The train was suspended because of the heavy rain.
Today is agreeable
Beijing is located in the North of China.
is located to...
At a rough estimate,the car is worth 500 thousand RMB
in my estimation
Are you clear about the capacity of the cinema?
have a capacity for doing something
have a capacity to do ability
We have ability to finish the work in two days.
have capability to do
have capability of doing
The lady is elegant.
about whom …Italian
describe something as
see view look upon recognize regard treat accept
I should describe the attempt as a failure.
His mother regards him as genius
I like the village located within two small hills.
in the midst of which...
A great river flowed in the middle of the two hills.
in the middle of the night
in front of which 动词要位于主语之前
though although even though 引导让步状语从句
by no means
It is by no means pleasant to take a crowded bus.
not by any means not at all
He isn't satisfied with a job at all.
in no way in no case in no sense in no circumstances
remain immortal be neamed after be named for
take one's name from
a span of: 跨度、桥长
take into account take into consideration take account of
We have to take the date into account when we have the meeting
support: hold up
extend a railway extends to the next city
It has been estimated that... It is said. It is reported
It has been estimated/expected
immensity…size despite…in spite of
The bus was held up by the snowstorm,causing the delay.
At last he passed his examination,fulfilling his dream to go abroad.
1. ...because ... D
the longest suspension bridge was named after Verrazano.
2. ...because ...A
a wide stretch of water 连续不断的水域
The bridge is so long that the shape of the earth had to be taken into account by its designer.
account for 考虑
take account of/take into account
describe sth. as
situated 动词过去分词接受 agreeably的限定
immense adj.描述性形容词用于物质名词的前面8. ...D
the load: the total capacity
can不能与be able to 搭配连用
He sat in the car with a policeman on either side of him.
on either side of the street
either adj. 修饰名词的单数形式
both adj. 修饰名词的复数形式
every adj. 用于三者或三者以上，all
in every direction/in all directions
side by side 肩并肩的，并排
The two bottles stood side by side on the table.
walk side by side
link with/join to
attach to 把……牢牢的系上
She attached a check to the order form.
I can't relate what you say happened with what I saw.
suspension bridge 吊桥
The judge gave him a suspended sentence.
The competitors in the beauty contest were kept in suspense waiting for the result.
The tank will take about twelve gallons.
I don't think this floor will sustain the weight of the grand piano.