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Abbasid acre-feet air face Alicante Almansa Almansa dam Almendralejo aqueduct arch dam bank base big dams bridge buttress dam canal century A.D. channel Chapter civil engineering concrete construction curved dam built dam Pl dam was built dam-building dam's crest dams were built Delocre diversion dam downstream early earth dam embankment Euphrates fact failure feet high feet long feet thick flood flow foundations gravity dam height heightening hydraulic important irrigation Kebar Lake Lake Nasser low-level outlet Marib dam masonry blocks masonry dam masonry wall metres miles mills mortar Moslem Moslem dam Nabataeans nineteenth century original overflow Persia PLATE problem Proserpina reservoir river river-bed rock Roman dam rubble masonry Sadd el-Kafara Sassanian Saveh scheme Shushtar silt sloping sluices Spain Spanish spillway stress structure survived technique Tigris tion tunnel upstream utilised valley vertical wadi water face water supply water-face water-power water-wheels