Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without irrigation systems? Without the ancient Mesopotamians we may not have had irrigation systems today. Mesopotamia was among the first civilizations to build a irrigation system.
Mesopotamians had a very sophisticated irrigation system. They started by digging out a wide trench for the water to flow through. The next step was to build smaller ditches to their crops. Then they built walls to control how much water flows in to the irrigation system. Today, modern cities make irrigation systems out of steel, but the ancient Mesopotamians probably used wood. Once they learned how to control water, they were able to produce more crops that led to a surplus they could sell to neighboring civilization. Having a surplus of wheat and barley and other things helped Mesopotamians have more time and fun. (Mesopotamian Irrigation System) (Modern Irrigation System) Mesopotamia was an early civilization of farmers. They used the two rivers, Tigris and Euphrates. Farmers faced a huge problem. During the hot dry summer months, the rivers had barely any water. Then, during the harvesting time, when they needed to harvest the crops, it flooded. The rivers flooded because of the melting snow. This was a major problem, but since the Mesopotamians were smart people, they came up with the idea to make irrigation systems.
Irrigation has a huge impact on the environment. It gives you running water, that`s clean and drinkable. It helps farmers by having the water flow down to water their crops instead of them having to carry the water in buckets, bring it back and water there crop. It is a time consuming process to go back and get more and repeat over and over again. There are also some bad things about irrigation. It reduces the