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06:51 May 13, 2003
Romanian to English translations [Non-PRO] Tech/Engineering - Construction / Civil Engineering / construction
Romanian term or phrase:stabilopod
is a huge human made concrete rock, it is used to create dikes at the sea
If you have ever been to a coastal city and have wondered looking at the weird shaped, identical rock-like structures spread along the entire coastline, then you are reading the right article. These mysterious looking objects that you see on the shore are not rocks dumped by aliens from some other planet, but human made concrete structures known as **tetrapods**.
Tetrapod, in Greek means "four legged." If you observe a tetrapod you will see four legs protruding from a middle structure just like a star fish. These four-legged tetrapods are nothing but concrete made structures used to prevent coastal erosion. The name has become so famous that now even the three-legged concrete structures are also known as tetrapods. http://www.brighthub.com/engineering/civil/articles/42962.as...
Apparently, Tetrapod blocks are a French invention, which might explain why I've never seen any in the UK.