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Aqueducts

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An aqueduct is a canal or ditch used to carry water from one location to another.  It does this by removing water from areas that are abundant in water such as a lake or river and then transporting it to where it is needed. They are typically used for irrigational and agricultural purposes in areas with little available water.

 

Problems with using and developing aqueducts include the loss or evaporation of water (usually occuring in older models) as well as a heavy environmental and economic toll. The building of these structures disturb natural habitats and can disrupt the environment even if burried underground.

 

The construction process of erecting an aqueduct requires a great deal of money and time. The average cost of building one mile of an aqueduct is about four million dollars. Not to mention, the location to which the water will flow must be down stream.

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The Monocacy Aqueduct - Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

The Monocacy Aqueduct - Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park | APES: Aqueducts in the U.S. | Scoop.it

The Monocacy Aqueduct is one of the eleven aquedeucts created along the C&O Canal. It is the largest of the eleven and is described by historians as one of the finest canal features in the United States.

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Los Angeles Aqueduct

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Built and operated by the LA Department of Water and Power, this aqueduct was built in 1913 and extends 419 miles. It supplies water from the Owens River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to LA.

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Water Dependency

Water Dependency | APES: Aqueducts in the U.S. | Scoop.it

The Water Dependency graph shows that the southwest part of the United States has to rely on water sources form other places. The aqueducts must bring water to these areas to provide enough water to support city life.


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Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 10:02 PM
Some regions of the world need water much more than other nations. This is a major reason as to why the United States does not have very many aqueducts, as compared to the needier rest of the world.
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Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct - Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River

Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct - Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River | APES: Aqueducts in the U.S. | Scoop.it

Used for the Delaware and Hudson Canal, this is the oldest of four existing suspension aqueducts.

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Croton Aqueduct

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The Croton Aqueduct is located in New York. It was built in 1842, running 41 miles from the Croton River in Westchester to Manhattan. It includes a dam and reservoir.

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The Center for Land Use Interpretation

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 Colorado Aqueduct that makes Los Angeles possible by siphoning water from Lake Havasu and transporting it through tunnels and concrete canals.

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California Aqueduct - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Department of Water Resources runs and maintains the aqueduct. This aqueducts purpose is to bring water from areas with resivoirs to Los Angeles to support the Los Angeles Basin. This aqueduct also serves as the longest paved pathway for bikers in California. It is not available for bikers once they reach the desert due to liability issues.


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