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May. 05, 2010

Ingeniería Maya Producía Agua Bajo Presión

by Aleszu Bajak

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Un arqueólogo y un hidrólogo de Penn State Univeristy han concluido que los mayas construyeron un acueducto en la ciudad de Palenque que podría producir agua bajo presión. Para esquivar inundaciones y crear terreno libre, los mayas construyeron acueductos subterráneos para desviar los arroyos que pasaban por la ciudad.

El acueducto Piedras Bolas era uno de muchos conductos de agua que usaban los mayas en Palenque para manejar su agua. Parece que por la inclinación y el efecto de la gravedad el agua se forzaba bajo presión por la salida.

Los investigadores emplearon modelos hidrológicos para concluir que el agua podría haber salido hasta 6 metros en el aire. Dicen que podría haber sido una fuente ornamental o ser usada para transportar agua a los techos de viviendas como forma de eliminar agua residual.

Foto – Kryziz Bonny via Flickr; Reid Fellenbaum

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About Aleszu Bajak

Aleszu Bajak is a science writer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before moving to the Southern Cone, he worked as a producer for Science Friday, as a research technician at Cornell's gene therapy department, and as a guitar teacher.

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