Shi Lu (Shih Lu)

Shi Lu (Shih Lu)
SUBJECT AREA: Canals, Civil engineering
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fl. late third century BC China
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Chinese canal builder who constructed the oldest contour transport canal.
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The background to Shi's work was the victorious campaign waged by the Qin emperor against the state of Yue. He scored a triumph by constructing the Ling Qu or "magic canal", by far the oldest contour transport canal in any civilization and which took the emperor's barges and warships across a mountain range. The canal joined the Xiang and Li rivers and included thirty-six lock gates.
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Further Reading
J.Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971, Vol. IV.3, pp. 299, 300, 303ff., 375.
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Biographical history of technology. - Taylor & Francis e-Librar. . 2005.

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