06
Sep

2019

Weekly Roundup: Environmental Impact

Post by Gondola Project

South Korea’s Ministry of Environment will soon decide whether they will allow the installation of a cable car system in the pictured Mount Seorak National Park.
  • A proposed cable car to one of the highest peaks of Mount Seorak in northeast South Korea has both supporters and opponents. The project has seen many design variations since its original conception back in 1995. Supporters of the project see it as a way to reduce foot traffic on eroding trails and boost local tourism. Opponents have environmental concerns and say the primary purpose for national parks should be for preservation, not tourism.
  • Decades of glacial retreat, and anticipated continued geological and glacial changes, has led to a new funifor design by Doppelmayr for the Falginjochbahn lift in Australia. Cabins are replacing two T bar drag lifts which could no longer by used due to retreating ice. The new design lets cabins runs closer to the ground than traditional designs and be less exposed to the wind, among other things.
  • “Here’s all this summer’s gondola gab” gets you caught up on recent activities related to constructing a urban transit gondola to Simon Fraser University (SFU), atop Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. The project is primary designed as an alternative to congested routes connecting to SFU. The article, from the student newspaper, The Peak, includes information on possible routes, construction, accessibility, costs, and safety. In an earlier article, the Gondola Project weighed in on why some people are resistant.


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