The Altai Mountains, from where engineers aim to divert snowmelt into arid regions under a massive tunnel project. Photo: Reuters
The Altai Mountains, from where engineers aim to divert snowmelt into arid regions under a massive tunnel project. Photo: Reuters

Chinese engineers digging world’s longest tunnel in Xinjiang desert hit a wall – of gushing water

  • Work on tunnels to introduce snowmelt to arid region disrupted several times by ‘water inrush accidents’, paper by project engineers says
  • Apart from the risk of damage to costly boring machines, such incidents threaten to seriously affect construction schedule

Topic |   China science
The Altai Mountains, from where engineers aim to divert snowmelt into arid regions under a massive tunnel project. Photo: Reuters
The Altai Mountains, from where engineers aim to divert snowmelt into arid regions under a massive tunnel project. Photo: Reuters
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