Transpacific is a contemporary term referring to travel over a stretch of water between the
Asia-Pacificregion and the West Coast of United States, namely, the Pacific Ocean. For example, flights from U.S.to New Zealandvia Hawaiiare considered a transpacificstopover. A similar term, transatlantic, encompasses an alternate geographic area.
Transpacific as part of the Trans Global Highway
The Trans Global Highway is a proposed highway system which would link the continents of Earth, with the exception of Australia and Antarctica, through a network of new and existing bridges and tunnels. It was proposed by Frank X. Didik. This would include the connection of North America to Asia and the rest of
Bering Strait Tunnel
One of the major components of the proposal is to span the
Bering Seawith the Intercontinental Peace Bridge or AmerAsian Peace Tunnel.
It is proposed that the tunnel start on the
United Statesside, from the town of Cape Prince of Wales, which has a population of 156 and about 80 buildings, including a large school, streets and general store, and end at the Russian settlement of Naukanor convert|2|km north at the Dezhnevsettlement. The Bering Strait Tunnel would consist of 3 tunnels connecting Alaskaand Russiaby going through two islands (the Little Diomede(USA) and Big Diomede (Russia)). The longest single tunnel would be convert|24|mi. Since the Bering Seaat the proposed crossing has a maximum known depth of only convert|170|ft, it is proposed that the tunnel be dug using conventional, modern tunnel boring machines, of the type that was employed in the construction of the Chunnel. The three tunnel proposal would be much preferred over a bridge for a variety of reasons including that fact that during the winter months, the Bering Strait is iced over and a bridge would be subject to severe environmental conditions. Further, in most cases, tunnels are less expensive to construct and maintain. Suspended under water tunnels are not suggested for this crossing, because of the shallow depth of the Bering Strait
It should be noted that presently, many tunnels around the world are as long as the longest tunnel needed to complete the Trans-Global Highway. The "Chunnel" linking
Englandwith Europeis approximately convert|31.34|mi long, the ocean tunnel Seikanlinking Hokkaidōwith Honshūin Japanis convert|33.46|mi long, while the new Swiss Gotthard Base Tunnelthrough the Alps, currently under construction, will be convert|35.7|mi long. There are in fact, 5 tunnels over 30 miles in length, in existence today.cite web|url=http://www.transglobalhighway.com/|publisher=Frank Didik|accessdate=2007-07-14|title=Proposal for a Trans-Global Highway]
Transpacific flights are usually considered long-haul (especially from Asia except Korea and Japan and/or Middle East. The world's currently longest
non-stop flights are all transpacific (Singapore/Bangkok/Hong Kong- Los Angeles/New York/Newark, New Jersey), and the duration of these flights are usually over 15 hours. Long-haul flights from Australiato the West Coast of the United Statesare also transpacific and include the lucrative Sydney and Melbourne- Los Angelesroutes, which are 13 and 14 hours long respectively.
The first transpacific flights were operated by
Pan Am's flying clippers, and the first non-stop service was Hong Kong-Vancouver, British Columbia, started by Cathay Pacificin 1983.
Southern Cross Route
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transpacific — TRANSPACÍFIC, Ă adj. Care străbate Oceanul Pacific. ♦ Situat dincolo de Pacific. [cf. engl. transpacific]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 23.10.2005. Sursa: DN TRANSPACÍFIC, Ă adj. (de) dincolo de Oc. Pacific. ♢ care traversează Pacificul. (< engl … Dicționar Român
transpacific — [trans΄pə sif′ik] adj. 1. crossing or spanning the Pacific 2. on the other side of the Pacific … English World dictionary
transpacific — adjective Date: 1891 1. a. crossing or extending across the Pacific Ocean < transpacific airlines > b. relating to or involving crossing the Pacific Ocean < transpacific airfares > 2. a. situated or occurring beyond the Pacific Ocean b. of,… … New Collegiate Dictionary
transpacific — /trans peuh sif ik/, adj. 1. passing or extending across the Pacific. 2. beyond or on the other side of the Pacific. [1890 95; TRANS + PACIFIC] * * * … Universalium
transpacific — adjective on, from the other side of, spanning or crossing the Pacific Ocean … Wiktionary
transpacific — adj. beyond Pacific Ocean, over the Pacific Ocean … English contemporary dictionary
transpacific — trans·pacific … English syllables
transpacific — trans•pa•cif•ic [[t]ˌtræns pəˈsɪf ɪk[/t]] adj. 1) crossing or extending across the Pacific 2) beyond or on the other side of the Pacific • Etymology: 1890–95 … From formal English to slang
transpacific — /trænspəˈsɪfɪk/ (say transpuh sifik) adjective 1. passing or extending across the Pacific. 2. beyond or on the other side of, the Pacific … Australian English dictionary
transpacific — adj. 1 beyond the Pacific. 2 crossing the Pacific … Useful english dictionary