The Game of Thrones Can Be Built in Reality, And Here's How


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Have you heard about Game of Thrones? Of course, you have, even if you haven’t seen it. And have you ever wondered if the great ice wall from the show could exist in reality? If you’re interested, let’s find out together!
In a 2017 interview, Professor Martin Truffer from the University of Alaska Fairbanks says that the main problem with ice is that it flows. Having studied the glaciers of Antarctica for many years, he knows that sheer walls of ice tend to crumble down under their own weight — and none of them are nearly as tall as the wall from Game of Thrones. But could such a wall stand in any other way?
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What exactly the wall is 0:22
What about the laws of physics? 1:19
Could the wall stand in any other way? 1:46
Oh, this idea's rather plausible! 2:52
The show VS. the book 3:51
A simple way to make the wall last longer 4:12
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- What exactly is the wall? Well, it’s an enormous structure standing in the North of the fictional continent of Westeros created by George R. R. Martin. It’s said to protect the southern kingdoms from the dangers that lurk beyond it — White Walkers, undead, wildlings, and whatnot.
- Legend has it that the wall has been around for nearly 8,000 years, which is a pretty long time. For a structure 700 feet (213 m) tall, 300 feet (91 m) thick, and 300 miles (483 km) long, that’s an even more impressive feat.
- There’s a scene in the show where wildlings are somehow able to shoot arrows at the Night’s Watch men standing atop the wall. If the Earth’s laws of physics apply to Westeros, then arrows wouldn’t be capable of flying such distances.
- If the base of the wall was much wider than its top, gravity would play a much lesser role because the pressure would be balanced. The wall could indeed stand for centuries without much crumbling or flowing.
- Yet another solution to the problem of pressure is to build the wall in several steps, like the pyramids of Maya, for instance. And the steps don’t have to be low.
- By the way, have you noticed that the top of the wall is shown a lot narrower in the series than it’s described in the books? They say that a dozen mounted knights could ride abreast on the top. In the show, though, it’s quite clear that there’s only space for about four people on foot.
- It’s also worth mentioning that in the books, the Night’s Watch constantly makes rounds on the wall, and men throw gravel and spill water on top of it. They do it to gradually restore the wall, in fact.
- Professor Martin Truffer, whom I mentioned earlier, says there’s yet another way to make the wall last longer. And that’s by making it colder outside!
- To stop ice from flowing, it should be as cold as in the coldest parts of Antarctica — and that’s about -100°F (-73°C)!
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