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IRRIGATION IN MESOPOTAMIA.

Issue 26 and Volume 41.

IRRIGATION IN MESOPOTAMIA. United States Consul William C. Magelssen, writing from Bagdad, in Asiatic Turkey, calls attention to a vast irrigation program in that arid country and to the present demand for pumping plants. He says that in ancient times, when the whole of Babylonian-Mesopotamia and the greater portion of the country lying between the Tigris river and the mountains of Persia and Kurdistan were artificially irrigated, these parts held the principal granaries of the world. In these days the land was protected against the inundations of the rivers and watered in seasons of drought by a stupendous system of dykes and canals, which, at the present day, in a ruined and sandchoked condition, cover like a network the face of the country. The irrigation works of the ancients perished because the country was so torn asunder by strife that they ceased to keep them in repair. The scene of…

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