WORD OF THE DAY.pngaqueduct


man-made conduit for carrying water. In a restricted sense, aqueducts are structures used to conduct a water stream across a hollow or valley. In modern engineering, however, aqueduct refers to a system of pipes, ditches, canals, tunnels, and supporting structures used to convey water from its source to its main distribution point.



History Points:

  • Romans were not the first ones to build aqueducts
  • Qanāt systems were in use in ancient Persia, India, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern countries hundreds of years earlier to bring water for irrigation to the plains below
  • Approximately two million large blocks were used to make a water channel 10 metres (30 feet) high and 275 metres (900 feet) long across a valley
  • Roman aqueducts were built throughout the empire, and their arches may still be seen in Greece, Italy, France, Spain, North Africa, and Asia Minor




Roman vs. Modern Aqueduct