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Water aqueduct shapes

Calculate the cross-sectional areas of different aqueducts to determine which is most effective

Aqueducts are constructed to carry watercourses across gaps such as valleys or ravines. In modern engineering, the term aqueduct is used for any system of pipes, ditches, canals, tunnels, and other structures used for this purpose. Aqueducts can be used to enable water to be transported to areas where it is in short supply.

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An engaging activity in which students will calculate the cross-sectional area of various aqueducts and determine which one is most effective in terms of least water lost via evaporation.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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