...To appear anywhere else other than this blog comes from Wired, of all places.
It's all about our "Big Dig," the Marmaray tunnel project underneath the Bosporus that will, someday Inshallah present continuous tense, provide another connection between Europe and Asia.
It talks not only about the seismic challenges presented by the Anatolian fault that runs under the Sea of Marmara, but about the engineering process AND all the archaeological treasures being exposed, such as the oldest settlements ever uncovered in Istanbul (6th century BC) and the only example of a Byzantine warship (from the 7th-10th centuries).
Go read now about how the inexorable march of Istanbul's modern history is colliding with its ancient history and the geographic realities that make it such a stunning physical package. The only place in which the article delves into the realm of fantasy is the prospect of the tunnel providing rail access to the "proposed" Transcaucasian rail line that will someday connect London to Beijing. Yah, we all know about that Caspian Sea crossing.