EARTH Magazine: Travertine Buildup Reflects Ancient Rome's Water Usage

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From EARTH Magazine, 11/13/2015  --  For years historians and scientists have tried to understand the ancient marvel of the Roman aqueducts to better understand Rome itself. Now archaeologists are using a new method - the buildup of travertine within the Anio Novus aqueduct - to determine how much water flowed into Rome.

The Anio Novus aqueduct is an ideal study candidate because not only was it the longest aqueduct, but it also has an associated written history. With modern understanding of flow rates and some calculus, the researchers were able to extrapolate a flow rate for the aqueduct. Find out just how much water flowed into ancient Rome in EARTH Magazine:

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