Monday, December 15, 2008

Cannals, Ditches of Life

The ancient egyptian civilization was one of the biggest in history, but without food they would have been nothing. The egyptian empire was based on the Nile river that would stretch all the way acrosss the U.S! Every year the river floods, bringing fertile soil to the land. Once the water returned to its normal level, there would be very fertile soil for their crops to grow. When farmers started to grow the crops they needed to be watered and they didnt have the advanced equipment that we have today and using buckets to water a large field isnt exactly as easy as 123. So how did the egyptians get the water? They dug cannals from the Nile to their fields. The cannals were dug in a repeating square pattern. In the squares of land the fields were planted. At the entrance of the cannals the farmer would have a wood dam to control the water flow. The elaborate system of cannals provided water and increased the distance that crops could be grown.

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  2. It's interesting to learn about the history of irrigation. I think that it's important to know about these things. We can actually learn a lot about irrigation from what they used to do in the past. http://www.ful-flo.ca/residential_commercial_irrigation.html

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  4. after I read this I will go to the potty. while skydiving. in egypt

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