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Indian Irrigation

Nature volume 100, pages 274275 (06 December 1917) | Download Citation



ONE of the earliest and most difficult problems, towards the solution of which man has addressed his ingenuity and resource, is that of artificial irrigation. The rain, we are told, descends alike upon the just and the unjust, but, as regards its geographical distribution, ils incidence is irregular, and at times capricious. Of two localities within a few miles of each other, one will receive copious and embarrassing supplies, while the other will be given a scanty and pitiful dole, which, apart from the satisfaction of immediate human needs, is utterly inadequate for agricultural purposes of any kind. In arid regions, re course is had to wells, storage reser voirs, and river dams, all of them capable in some degree of alleviat ing the evil, provided means are at hand to raise and distribute the sup plies obtained.

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