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Water management
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1. Drainage tunnels

Especially in regions with a temperate climate, water management is one of the most important requirements for successful mining. Without provision for water management, it can become impossible to work at a depth of just a few meters. Among the earliest of these provisions are drainage tunnels, which were bored with a slight slope to or into the mineral deposits so that the groundwater could drain out. Throughout the early modern period, su…

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Bartels, Christoph, “Water management”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030069>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20230627

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