Persia World History

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  • The first qanats originated in ancient Persia and brought water from the northern mountains to the southern plains for irrigation, cleaning, and sustenance.
  • My friend here is hard at work digging out a qanat. Qanats are underground canals which link together many wells that are used to supply water to dry, remote areas.
  • Ancient Persian engineers from the 7th century BC piggybacked on the Babylonian windwheel to design a more effective windmill. Windmills were used for pumping water and grinding grain.
  • The most probable theory is the use of the battery in early experimentation with electroplating. Others suggest that the battery had some medical purpose.
  • One of the more interesting innovations to come out of Persia was the Baghdad Battery. It consisted of a clay vessel that contained an oxidized iron rod inside a copper tube. When acid was added, an electrical current was produced.
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