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What is an aquaduct? An Aquaduct is an artificial channel built to transport water. An aquaduct may be an open or enclosed canal, a tunnel, or a pipeline; an aquaduct bridge is a structure that carries a canal over a valley or a river.

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Cody Stewart Per-3 Silver 3-23-2000 Rome Project Aquaduct What is an aquaduct? An Aquaduct is an artificial channel built to transport water. An aquaduct may be an open or enclosed canal, a tunnel, or a pipeline; an aquaduct bridge is a structure that carries a canal over a valley or a river. Aquaducts were constructed by ancient cultures in regions such as India and Mesopotamia, but the aquaduct system constructed by the ancient Romans were probably the most extensive in the ancient world. The first to be built by the Romans, Aqua Apia, was an underground aquaduct about 16 km (10 mi) ...read more.

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How does an aquaduct work? Water from a spring in the hills is collected in a reservoir to build up pressure and ensure a steady supply to the city. This water flows along the aquaduct (at a slope of about 1 in 1000, meaning than for every 1000 feet in length, the water would flow downwards 1 foot.) Upon reaching the city, is distributed via the many public fountains and pipes. Why did the Romans use aquaducts? The Romans used aquaducts because the city of Rome was too large to be supported by its own water supply. ...read more.

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The Aqua Claudia and the Felice aquaduct also terminate here. The Aqua Virgo terminates at one of Rome's most famous monuments, the Trevi fountain. Built in 19 BC, the aquaduct is much older than the fountain itself, which was built rather recently compared with many other roman monuments, in 1762. The emperor Nero built the aquaduct of Nero in the first century ad as an extension of the Aqua Claudia. It was later extended further to supply water to the residences on the Palantine hill. The structure is currently incorporated into many different buildings, as over the years residents have built their homes under and around the famous structure. ...read more.

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