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james harrington

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james harrington  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Dear Dr. Chris,
 
My idiot father wants to know when they dug the london underground what did they do with the dirt?

James

What do you think?


 

Offline Chemistry4me

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I know nothing so this is just a guess. :)
Put them into sandbags and sell it?
 

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Put it in their specially adapted pockets and dropped it down their trouser legs as they walked home at night. That's where Roger Bushell got the idea from. If it wasn't for the London Underground, POW's would never have escaped from Stalag Luft III.
 

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Dunno, but the contents of (half of)  the Channel Tunnel makes  up a pretty convincing new hill near Folkestone. You can see it from the approach road.
 

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Dunno, but the contents of (half of)  the Channel Tunnel makes  up a pretty convincing new hill near Folkestone. You can see it from the approach road.
They also disposed of 5million m^3 of it to create Samphire Hoe nature reserve/ white cliffs viewing platform
 

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They dug a big hole and put the soil from the underground in that
 

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It appears Mr. james harrington, your father might not be so idiotic after all. ;)
 

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I imagine the spoil would have been used for making railway embankments. Digging cuttings is an expensive business compared with raising embankments and, if there were lots of 'free' spoil available, I am sure they would have made good use of it. Transporting the stuff would not have been a problem; they had a railway for that.
 

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I wonder if it may have been loaded on barges, taken down the Thames and dumped at sea.
 

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Knowing how badly organised such projects always are in the UK, you can guarantee that it was not put to good use.
 

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Knowing how badly organised such projects always are in the UK, you can guarantee that it was not put to good use.



Pretty much guaranteed.
 

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