There is a mountain in Norway that has been hollowed out. Unusable, hidden, worthless rock has been replaced by a sports facility with no rival. Gjøvik Olympic Cavern Hall (Norwegian: Gjøvik Olympiske Fjellhall) (CI026A)
Boasting an ice hockey rink and a 25 metre swimming pool, with capacity for 5,500 spectators, the facility is also used for concerts and other public events. Wikipedia lists Gjøvik as “the world's largest cavern hall for public use.” (CI026B)
Norway and Scotland share a similar topography. Long mountain ranges that are of little use other than providing climbing and walking challenges along with an environment for wild animals. Wildlife and the ability to climb and walk are worth preserving, but imagine if we could follow Norway’s example and build into our own mountains... If we could create usable spaces for communities out of dead stone...
There are myths and conspiracies about American tunnelling into mountains and straight underground. Stories of huge caverns embedded into their mountain ranges where an elite could survive a nuclear holocaust...
...DEEP UNDERGROUND MILITARY BASES IN AMERICA (CI026C)
...Leak says Denver the Secret, underground US Capitol (CI026D)
...Right Beneath Your Feet: The Hidden Reality of Deep Underground Military Bases (CI026E)
Some facilities will exist, whether on the scale the stories imagine we may never know, but the fact is that humans have been carving out homes in the rock for thousands of years and are still living in caves and underground homes today:
Spain: 'Excuse to throw us out': Spanish cave dwellers say authorities' actions 'unlawful' (CI026F)
Malta: The Amazing Cave People of Malta (CI026G)
Hebron: Cave Dwellers (Scroll to the right!) (CI026H)
China: More than 30 million people in China live underground in caves (CI026I)
Andalucia: Cave Houses in Andalucia (CI026J)
We could site factories in these caverns; underground gardens; use them as storage facilities; schools; hospitals; or our own sports and entertainment venues.
How many people could we employ to carve out these mountains? How much imagination do you have?
We would need machines and people to design and then build those machines. We would need factories which would require office staff and managers and cooks and cleaners.
Explosives would be needed as would steel and concrete and wood. Embarking on such a grand scheme would cause ripples throughout the economy.
Would it be a crazy idea to fix the economy by employing people to carve out mountains? Let me know...
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(CI026A; Gjøvik Olympiske Fjellhall; http://www.fjellhallen.no/)
(CI026B; Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gj%C3%B8vik_Olympic_Cavern_Hall)
(CI026C; NorthStar Report; http://nstarzone.com/CODERED.html)
(CI026D; Whiteout Press; http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/2014/q3/leak-says-denver-secret-underground-us-capitol/)
(CI026E; Collective Evolution; http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/11/07/right-beneath-your-feet-the-hidden-reality-of-deep-underground-military-bases/)
(CI026F; RT; http://rt.com/news/cave-dwellers-granada-protests-245/)
(CI026G; Answers in Genesis; https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/cavemen/the-amazing-cave-people-of-malta/)
(CI026H; Ruben Salvadori; http://www.rubensalvadori.com/index.php/earlier-works/cave-dwellers/)
(CI026I; Daily News; http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/30-million-people-china-live-underground-caves-article-1.1046872)
(CI026J; andalucia.com; http://www.andalucia.com/accommodation/cavehouses.htm)