Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Aqueducts

Did you know that...

  • The first aqueduct was built in 312 B.C.

  • Every kilometer that an aqueduct went forward, it went down only one meter.

  • Once the arcade was built, when the top part of the aqueduct wore out, they would build a new one on top.

  • People that lived along an aqueduct but got none of the water would steal the water from the aqueducts.

  • If there was too much water in an aqueduct they would open something a bit like a pressure valve.

  • Most of an aqueduct was under ground.

  • To cross a valley, the Romans would let the water run down the mountain side, go into an above ground aqueduct then use momentum to go into the pipe on the other side of the valley.

  • All the technology was lost in the middle ages, so they built a pit in the ground.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is an aqueduct like a Chautauqua duck or a tear duct? Maybe neither. Anyway I was glad to learn about aqueducts, but would'nt want to use the flow for transpoortion. Lookforward to seeing you'all next week. Love to 1 & all & all ducks(ducts), Papa/Dad