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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Epic Engineering Building the Brooklyn Bridge

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To avoid the failures of European _______, Roebling designed a hybrid bridge model. From suspension bridges, he ____________ large cables _________ by central pillars and ________ at each bank. This design was ideal for __________ long decks, which hung from _______ vertical cables. But Roebling’s model also drew from cable-stayed bridges. These shorter structures held up their decks with diagonal cables that ran directly to support towers. By adding these additional ______, Roebling improved the bridge’s stability, while also reducing the weight on its anchor cables.

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  3. anchored
  4. supported
  5. bridges
  6. incorporated
  7. cables

Original Text

To avoid the failures of European bridges, Roebling designed a hybrid bridge model. From suspension bridges, he incorporated large cables supported by central pillars and anchored at each bank. This design was ideal for supporting long decks, which hung from smaller vertical cables. But Roebling’s model also drew from cable-stayed bridges. These shorter structures held up their decks with diagonal cables that ran directly to support towers. By adding these additional cables, Roebling improved the bridge’s stability, while also reducing the weight on its anchor cables.

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