Iran’s Underground ‘Qanat’ Channels Are Ingenious Ancient Solutions for Sourcing Water

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The Persian qanats, added to Unesco’s World Heritage list two years ago, are one of the world’s oldest engineering marvels. Consisting of an ancient system of water sourcing underground tunnels, these 3,000-year-old ingenious channels still provide a reliable supply of water for some of Iran’s most arid regions.

Qanats began in the Iron Age when surveyors discovered that a source of water at the head of a river valley could be redirected to create tunnels that would bring the stream to where water

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