Science News a Century Ago

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    Drainage of Lands by Steam Power THE Gentleman's Magazine of August 1839 contains the following information: “Tho drainage of land by steam power has been extensively adopted in the fens of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, and with immense advantage. A steam engine of ten horse-power has been found sufficient to drain a district comprising a thousand acres of land, and the water can always be kept down to any given distance below the plants. If the rainfall is excessive, the water is thrown off by the engine; if the weather is dry, the sluices can be opened and the water let in from the river. The engines are required to work four months in the twelve, at intervals varying with the season; where the districts are large, the expense of drainage by steam power is about 2s. 6d. per acre.”

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    Science News a Century Ago. Nature 144, 259–260 (1939). https://doi.org/10.1038/144259b0

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