Press release for students - Water, key to survival of Roman Empire

EGU Planet Press

From EGU  --  Since the Mediterranean region is often very dry, it was not easy to grow food, such as grain (wheat, oats and other cereals), in some parts of the Empire. Yet, the Romans managed to ensure that the people in their cities had enough food all year round. Scientist Brian Dermody wanted to find out how the Empire survived for so long in the challenging environment of the Mediterranean.

Click here for a PDF (link is external) of the full kid-friendly article with an image that can be printed as a student handout or viewed online (link is external).  This article was published December 11, 2014.  This is a kids version of the EGU article: 'Press Release: Water’s role in the rise and fall of the Roman Empire (link is external)'

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