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  • n. An underground conduit, between vertical shafts, that leads water from the interior of a hill to villages in the valley


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From Persian, from Arabic قنات (qanāt).


  • The whole area was a kind of qanat system where man had helped nature in opening up the whole area to catastrophic collapse.


  • Water management for irrigation purposes, here in an above-ground channel or jui, but also in underground karez and qanat systems, is labor-intensive and predicated on cooperation.

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  • The poor had to just take a siesta in the heat or the public access atechamber to the local qanat.

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  • The beginning of the qanat always started higher in elevation than the terminus, since it ran solely by gravity.


  • Iranian qanat builders of the twentieth century kept their tunnels straight from shaft to shaft by keeping two lit lanterns placed a few feet apart directly behind the digger.


  • In one of his conscious moments he surmised that he was in a qanat, in one of the underground rivers the wise men had said ex­isted, but he had no way of knowing whether he was being carried along by the river or simply hanging in one spot.

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  • All around was evidence of the explosion of water and dammed-up pressure that had brought Casca into the air once he had pierced the underground dam that held back the qanat.

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  • William attributes his Scrabble acumen to his very thorough education in university, which opened his eyes, he says, to premium words such as "aureolae," "qanat," and "euripi" my spell-check flagged two of these words as being unknown; that's how good William is.

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  • A chapter on Mesopotamian earthworks may include an account of the Assyrian king Sargon II, who "leapt from rock to rock like an ibex, then sat down on a rock and had a cold drink": a discussion of the qanat, an ancient irrigation system that involves digging sloped tunnels into water-bearing hills, may throw up an Iranian proverb observing that "snake charmers, lion tamers and qanat diggers very seldom die in their beds". - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The exhibit is organized to introduce Iranian architecture through mud brick monuments, and various components of the older architecture such as ivan, yard, wind catcher, cellar, water reservoir, and qanat (underground aqueduct) that are primarily observed in the desert region of the country such as Yazd.



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