Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers Volume N . 101
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...of the high-service boundary canals, and this extended nearly three parts round the lake, wherever there was cultivated land outside the borders. Its use was to tap all the small drains, which, before Lake Aboukir was drained, discharged into that depression. This water, having been thus collected and brought under control, was utilized for washing certain low parts of the lake containing an undue percentage of salts. The works having been pushed forward with great energy during the seasons of 1887 and 1888, the main system of canalization was completed by December 1888. These, together with the pumping-station, represented the requirements of the Egyptian Government, according to the deed of concession, and, having been duly examined and reported on by a special commission of Government engineers, the terms of the contract were stated to have been duly fulfilled, and in March 1889, or one year and nine months from first breaking ground, the whole area of 29,621 feddans became the property for ever of the present company. Having obtained possession of the land, the next point was to develop it by eliminating the salts, and by means of the necessary roads, drains, and distributing canals, to put it in a state capable of the highest degree of cultivation. The Washing Of The Soil. In anticipation of ultimate possession, much of this smaller work had been executed early in the season of 1888, with a view to utilizing for washing purposes the flood-waters of that Nile, usually available from August to December. The Nile, however, failing to rise properly during this year, washing operations were not commenced till the 14th of September, and then only on a small scale. In Egypt three systems of reclaiming salt-lands are practised. 1st. By...
- Paperback | 164 pages
- 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white