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1st Edition

Dams and Waterways

ISBN 9781315705286
Published December 18, 2014 by Routledge
112 Pages

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Book Description

Dams and Waterways, a title in the five-title series Frameworks: Science, Technology, and the Built Environment, illuminates the history, architecture, environmental impact, and scientific and engineering principles behind the design and construction of dams, canals, and other waterways around the world throughout history. Examples include aqueducts in the Roman Empire, the Hoover Dam, Aswan High Dam, Three Gorges Dam, and the Erie Canal.  Dams and Waterways provides an interdisciplinary, visual approach that combines informative text, fascinating background information, and basic scientific principles with dozens of full-color photographs, illustrations, diagrams, and other visuals. It highlights the importance of structures that support essential functions of everyday life from the irrigation of crops to the generation of hydroelectric power. Appropriate for a broad audience of students, teachers, librarians, and general interest readers, Dams and Waterways is an excellent supplemental resource for subjects covered throughout the curricula: science, technology, and society; art and architecture; economics; and world history and culture.

Table of Contents

About Frameworks; Chapter One: The Basics of Water Supply; Chapter Two: Irrigation and Drinking Water; Chapter Three: Dams and Reservoirs; Chapter Four: Waterwheels, Mills, and Hydroelectric Power; Chapter Five: Transportation Canals and Locks; Chapter Six: Problems in River Engineering; Chapter Seven: Dikes, Seawalls, Levees, and Other Flood Protection.

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Cynthia Phillips, Shana Priwer


"The authors discuss the sociohistorical and mathematical concepts in great depth. These informative books are... ideal for dedicated researchers. Diagrams, charts, and full-color photographs are appropriately placed and well captioned.  An extensive glossary and index round out each of the meticulous surveys." - School Library Journal