This illustration explains the five major elements of each of the gates. When needed, the gates will rise between 40 and 42 degrees from the hinge seen in this image in order to protect the interior of the lagoon from the seas. The gates will be opened only in groups of threes in order to keep too much water from flooding through the other inlets.
In this illustration, the Adriatic Sea is on the right side, and the Venice Lagoon on the left. The gates are intended to maintain a lower water level in the lagoon than in the Adriatic.
The thickness of the gates will vary from inlet to inlet, from 11.8 feet to 16.4 feet. The lengths will also vary depending on the depth of the canals where they are located, from 60.7 feet to 95.8 feet. But all the gates will be 65.6 feet wide.
July 11, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Consorzio Venezia Nuova
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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