Qanat Knowledge

Construction and Maintenance

Authors: Semsar Yazdi, Ali Asghar, Labbaf Khaneiki, Majid

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  • Comprehensive book on the traditional engineering, construction and maintenance of qanats 
  • Explores the geographical diffusion of qanats across the world and its role in forming and nourishing human civilizations in arid and semi-arid zones 
  • Sheds light on hydrology mechanisms and applications to fields like generating energy, sanitation, and irrigation networks 
  • Includes traditional methods to maintain and preserve qanats and destructive factors such as earthquakes and human induced threats
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This book offers a ready solution for those who wish to learn more about this fascinating part of our water history and makes accessible to the wider world the traditional knowledge gained from building and maintaining qanats for more than 2,500 years.  There is much more here than a summary of the nature and distribution of qanats, and a more extensive journey through the philosophy, methods, tools, and terminology of qanat design and digging than previously assembled.  

Where does one begin to dig to ensure that the qanat tunnel will flow with water?  How are practical considerations of landscape factored into the design?  How are water quality and discharge measured?  How does excavation proceed through bedrock and unconsolidated soil and how is this knowledge of geology and pedology acquired?  How are vertical wells and tunnels excavated to maintain proper air supply, light, and water flow?  How does one deal with special problems like tunnel collapse, the accumulation of gasses and vapors, and the pooling of water during construction?  How are tools and gauges designed, maintained, and used?  How have qanats been incorporated into other structures like watermills, reservoirs, ice houses, and irrigation networks?  And how are qanats cleaned, extended, maintained through the ages, and incorporated into modern water supplies? 

The great contribution of this work is the story it tells of the ingenuity and practical skills of the qanat masters who for centuries and generations have cut an uncountable number of tunnels through bedrock and alluvium using hand tools and homespun solutions to problems that would vex the most experienced university-trained engineers.  

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 85,59 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Softcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Qanat Knowledge
Book Subtitle
Construction and Maintenance
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-024-0957-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-024-0957-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-024-0955-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-1448-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 179
Number of Illustrations
111 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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