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Notes on the Geography of China: Dujiangyan: Photo 4

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Here's the river at the head of the diversion, which flows to the right.  The forested far side is an island, and the flow on its far side is now controlled by a modern, concrete dam.  The flow on this side can be allocated either to the New River or the Old.  In effect, the ancient engineers were able to bring as much--or as little--water as they wanted into the New River.  The obvious question is: how did they shut it off each October?  It was essential they do, or the canal would quickly silt.

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