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A qanat is a water management system used to provide a reliable supply of water to human settlements or for irrigation in hot, arid and semi-arid climates. The technology is known to have developed in ancient Persia, and then spread to other cultures.
Qanats are constructed as a series of well-like vertical shafts, connected by gently sloping tunnels. It is very common in the construction of a qanat for the water source to be found below ground at the foot of a range of foothills of mountains, where the water table is closest to the surface. This technique:
- Taps into subterranean water in a manner that efficiently delivers large quantities of water to the surface without need for pumping. The water drains relying on gravity, with the destination lower than the source, which is typically an upland aquifer.
- Allows water to be transported long distances in hot dry climates without losing a large proportion of the source water to seepage and evaporation.
The Yazd water museum explains these all. No admission charge (May 2008).