Sunday, March 25, 2007

Maintaining the Canals of Venice

The beautiful city of Venice is slowly sinking into the lagoon in which it was built. Construction likely began in the second century AD, and ever since it has been an ongoing task to repair the deteriorating foundations of the city. While many plans are being hatched to save Venice from rising waters, others are constantly working to save the city from collapsing into the canals and lagoon. These photographs show the intensive process that it takes to repair a canal. Due to its location the city of Venice has an entirely unique infrastructure and support system , different than any other city in the world. The mundane task of road repair, which most of us are accustomed to, becomes an entirely different endeavor in Venice. First, coffer dams are erected around the area that is to be repaired to seal it off from the surrounding waters. Then the water is drained using pumps, thick sludge that has built up over the years is cleaned out, and the canal and foundations are repaired. This is only a brief description of a very labor intensive process. Read more about maintaining Venice's canals.

Will Wingfield

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