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HS Thomas
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List the most interesting things you know about them.

That is : As in Venice, Suez.
Venice , USA , they filled them back up because of the advent of the motor car shortly after much back breaking work digging them up in the first place.
Surely there are some interesting canals in the Far East , Australia ?
Thomas Paul
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Erie Canal, NY, USA - Completed in 1825, 363 miles long. It was the longest canal of its day.


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Jason Menard
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Ear canals, birth canals, ...
HS Thomas
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161 canals make up Amsterdam
The Dutch also brew the best beers in the world, Heineken and Amstel, which is named after the biggest river in the country.
Didn't know about the Erie canal,Thomas. Guess shouldn't be surprised as NY originally was called New Amsterdam.
Jason :roll:
The Black Country canals of Dudley include a fascinating network of junctions and branches, played a key part in bringing the Industrial Revolution into what was then rather remote country in south Staffordshire and north Worcestershire situated on the watershed of England and thus distant from navigable rivers. Cheap bulk transport allowed the mineral resources of the area, above all coal, to be exploited to the full. Ironworks, brickworks, glassworks and many other industries proliferated amongst coalmines, claypits and limestone quarries; creating the 'Black Country'.

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HS Thomas
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The Sumerians were probably the ones who built the earliest canals ( and everything else marking civilisation like writing , bleaching and dyeing ).
"The economy that sustained the people of Sumer relied on agriculture and trade. To support agriculture, the surrounding land of each city-state was plotted out into individual tracts which were then irrigated through a system of canals and dams."
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The Sumerians discovered the fermentation process to manufacture beer!
HS Thomas
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This is for a 5 year old's project BTW -
We need some Darta so out with the canals...
Oh! Panama Canal and the Panama Hat Actually, the panama hat is not at all Panamanian but originated in Ecuador.

The length of the Panama Canal is approximately 51 miles. A trip along the canal from its Atlantic entrance would take you through a 7 mile dredged channel in Lim´┐Żn Bay. The canal then proceeds for a distance of 11.5 miles to the Gatun Locks. This series of three locks raise ships 26 metres to Gatun Lake. It continues south through a channel in Gatun Lake for 32 miles to Gamboa, where the Culebra Cut begins. This channel through the cut is 8 miles long and 150 metres wide. At the end of this cut are the locks at Pedro Miguel. The Pedro Miguel locks lower ships 9.4 metres to a lake which then takes you to the Miraflores Locks which lower ships 16 metres to sea level at the canals Pacific terminus in the bay of Panama.

I'm really surprised it's not one of the Wonders of the World.
Here's a Canal Chronology
frank davis
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"Water flows in South Florida are now directed by 1,000 miles of canals, 720 miles of levees, and almost 200 water control structures."
But of course that was a government project, so the next phase is to fill in those canals over the next 36 years for 8 billion dollars.
http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/Biodiversity/biodv-38.cfm?&CFID=13691275&CFTOKEN=54356547
Sameer Jamal
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Root Canal
HS Thomas
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What ! They are going to start saving the ecosystem in Florida ? :roll:
I am sure it has been changed enough already. Thanks herb.
Canals of Mesopotamia.
Jeroen Wenting
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
The Dutch also brew the best beers in the world, Heineken and Amstel, which is named after the biggest river in the country.

The Amstel (for which Amsterdam is named as well) is hardly the biggest river in the country.
That honour goes to the Maas (Meuse) or Rhine (which is bigger outside the country but splits into two when entering the country each branch being smaller than the Meuse).
In fact, the Amstel is no more than a trickle compared to the big rivers.
If we backfill our canals the country would flood. They're major drainage works as well as providing shipping lanes and (though less important now) defense positions in times of war.


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