Ancient Water Technologies by Larry W. Mays (auth.), L. Mays (eds.)

By Larry W. Mays (auth.), L. Mays (eds.)

There is not any extra basic source than water. the foundation of all lifestyles, water is quickly turning into a key factor in today’s international, in addition to a resource of clash. This attention-grabbing e-book, which units out a number of the inventive tools in which historical societies amassed, transported and kept water, is a well timed ebook as overextraction and profligacy threaten the lifestyles of aquifers and watercourses that experience provided our wishes for millennia.

It presents an outline of the water applied sciences built via a few historical civilizations, from these of Mesopotamia and the Indus valley to later societies similar to the Mycenaeans, Minoans, Persians, and the traditional Egyptians. in fact, no e-book on historical water applied sciences will be entire with out discussing the engineering feats of the Romans and Greeks, but in addition to masking those key civilizations, it additionally examines how historical American societies from the Hohokams to the Mayans and Incas husbanded their water offers. This surprisingly wide-ranging textual content may supply today’s parched global a few recommendations to the upcoming trouble in our water supply.

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5 Silting and Salinization The irrigation techniques developed by Mesopotamians were magnificent, allowing them to increase agriculture production, maximizing the land cultivated. However, overexploitation of land and water resources for agriculture affected the environment. Canal branches and flood protection structures built to reduce or avoid flood 48 A. Tamburrino Fig. 17 Schematic layout of an agricultural complex in middle Euphrates. (Adapted from Buccellati, 1990, p. 163, Fig. 1) surges intensified silt deposition.

If foundations reach the water table, they lie in a soil where salt dilution is maximum, with a more demanding construction condition. This analysis is valid when baked bricks are used in the foundation. 2 Water Technology in Ancient Mesopotamia 33 Fig. 2 Seals with the representation of the water god Enki – Ea. Upper image: Old Babylonian seal (ca. ). The god with water flowing from his shoulders. Lower image: Akkadian cylinder seal (ca. ). The god seated on a stool and holding up a jar from which water spouts and falls.

Menua canal is about 56 km long to the plain of Van-Kale where the water irrigated the fields for the ancient city of Tuspa, as it does today for the city of Van. In 1956 the middle part of the canal had to be replaced by a modern concrete channel because the maintenance of the old one became to expensive (Garbrecht, 1980). Essentially the canal has flowed uninterruptedly for 2,500 years. C. after which the Menua canal was still used to bring water to Tuspa. The new capital needed a water supply which was developed by transforming the flat water basin of Kesis Goluwas, located about 30 km away and at a 900m higher elevation, into a lake, Lake Rusa).

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