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Roman History
Roman Aqueducts

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Welcome to my Aqueducts web page!

In this web page, you will learn about how and why aqueducts were built.

My name is Mark Vogel, and I am a freshman at Hempfield High School in Landisville, PA.

I made this web page, for a school project in Latin 1 on aqueducts.

Aqueducts; most towns and cities arise on sites where water is plentiful, whether from lakes, rivers, or wells. As cities grow, the source of water is sometimes insufficient or even becomes too polluted for use. Such cities must build waterways, called aqueducts, to bring water from other sources. The distribution lines within the city are not normally classified as part of the aqueduct. Aqueducts may be canals, open troughs, overland pipelines, or tunnels. The earliest aqueducts were dug through clay or cut out of solid rock. Ancient engineers used wood, stone, and concrete. A few early aqueducts used siphons to carry water across valleys and over hills. For the most part, however, aqueducts had to follow gentle, downhill courses, sometimes taking paths around mountains, through hills, and atop long, bridgelike arcades. Pumps and pressurized construction allow modern aqueducts to carry water with little regard for the pull of gravity.

This page was last updated on 02/23/99.