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Mesopotamia I Essay

700 words - 3 pages

MESOPOTAMIA IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

Mereste Duvelsaint
EAP 0460
04/14/2011

Mesopotamia is also known as "Land of Rivers". On a map of Southern Mesopotamia the whole area is almost surrounded by water. The land between the Tigris and Euphrates River was a good region for farming. The irrigation systems of Mesopotamia were different from ones in modern day. They had some major one was: The canals, gated ditches, levees, and gates. These had a huge effect on the civilization of Mesopotamia, which were watered from the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. This invention had two main purposes: to protect Mesopotamia, and other ancient civilizations to the threat of ...view middle of the document...

They used the Euphrates water as the supply, and the Tigris channel as a drain.

In addition, the first people to grow plants had to learn three main tasks: how to grow plants somewhere where there wouldn’t be a lot of problems; how to prevent weeds from growing there; and last but not least how to get the plants to grow fast. The people learned to plant, weed, and water or drain crops. The climate changes from time to time for example in some climate, there is enough natural rainfall to grow crops. But in a dry climate, most crop plants need water, and it must be provided by the farmer. Irrigation has been the technology of many of the world's greatest civilizations. But irrigation is not easy. Irrigation requires a ton of money or hard work and sometimes both. Water supplies must be safe and reliable. In each growing season, water of the right quality must be delivered at the right time and place in the right quantity at the right price, and irrigation water must later be drained off the crops. Even on a growing season, irrigation systems need everyday maintenance.
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