This 'Astonishing water' photos section offers some mystery and/or astonishing water photos that illustrate the diversity of innovative water uses and devices globally. Enjoy our astonishing water world!
Astonishing photo 1
Niagara Falls (USA/Canada)
"Until the development of the New York State Reservation Park in 1885, nearly all the shoreline property along the Niagara Gorge and every viewing area of the Falls was privately owned. Following the creation of the Reservation Park, the State of New York continued to entice industrialization with an offer of cheap water power"
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Photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_well_(condenser)#/media/File:Puits_aerien_knappen_trans_83_00.jpg
Astonishing photo 2
Raised beds, Suphan Buri, Thailand
Raised beds are very popular in Southeast-Asia for vegetable and fruit tree crops in hydromorphic soils, most especially in deltas (see a Mexicain equivalent: chinampas).
Irrigation of crops occurs directly through maintaining the water levels in the ditch but also through sprinklers : where can be source from ? from the ditches of course, through a small floating pump that follows the farmer as he proceeds along the bed…
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Photo credit: François Molle/IRD
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'Aerial well', Trans en Provence, France
An aerial well is a structure or device that collects the condensation of moisture from air. This idea is actually quite old, as can be seen from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_well_(condenser). This impressive mega-structure has been designed by Belgium engineer Achille Knapen in 1930. It never worked… but is still there to be seen.
See, in French, ‘Des fontaines sans source’ by A.Gioda
Photo Credit Wikipedia : https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Puits_aerien_Knappen.jpg
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Lobuche, Kumbu Valley, Nepal (5000 m in altitude)
A washing machine on top of the world ! Water is sourced directly from the torrent and electricity is generated by a gas engine.
Photo credit : Patrice Garin
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Damnoen Saduak area, west of Bangkok
Raised beds can be planted with coconut trees, especially in areas under tidal influence where the average salinity is higher. But harvested nuts have to be hauled out of the beds, which are often connected to the plot's surrounding dyke by a simple plank or bamboo.... Water provides a solution: nuts are cut, thrown into the ditch, assembled in garlands, and finally tugged to the exit of the plot with a minimal effort.
Credit photo: Surachit Chirawet
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Les poissons qui passent par les dissipateurs d’énergie des déversoirs des barrages le font à leurs risques et périls…
American White Pelicans gather at the base of Pyramid Lake’s Marble Bluff Dam, USA
Credit: USBR (US Bureau of Reclamation)
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Boat lift at Saint-Louis-Arzviller, northeastern France
Le plan incliné de Saint-Louis-Arzviller is a boat lift which is part of the canal linking the Marne and the Rhine rivers and allos the crossing of the Vosges Mountain range, in northeastern France.
The lift celebrated its 50th anniversary this year (2019)
Credit : Patrick Giraud
Astonishing photo 8
Created wetlands, California
These are created wetlands, mostly from previously planted agricultural fields. Most of these are created by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife in collaboration with the Audubon Society, CA Waterfowl Association and Ducks Unlimited to accommodate and encourage winter waterfowl migrants to stop and stay for the season.
Photo with full resolution : https://www.flickr.com/photos/water_alternatives/45450597871/
Credit : Bruce Barnett
Astonishing photo 9
Natural cooling ‘system’ near Tengchong, Volcanic park, in Yunnan, China
Keeping fruits and bottles cool thanks to the river
Full resolution version at https://www.flickr.com/photos/water_alternatives/40773128405
Credit : Karen Conniff
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Tea pot at Hammam Meskoutine, Algeria
Last week's astonishing photo showed how to make use of the cooling power of rivers.
Why not do the opposite and prepare… tea, temperature allowing of course!
See full resolution pic at https://www.flickr.com/photos/water_alternatives/49038145303/in/photostream/
Credit : Eliott MM
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Ladybower reservoir plug hole (spillway), UK
Full resolution original: https://www.flickr.com/photos/water_alternatives/46970323874/
Credit: Tim Hill
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Mobypompe, Burkina Faso
This device allows a motorcycle engine to be used to pump water and, for example, irrigate small areas
Credit : Bruno Barbier/Cirad
Astonishing photo 13
‘Water saving winegrowing’
When saving water is becoming a commercial argument for winegrowers in Chile !
Full resolution original: https://www.flickr.com/photos/water_alternatives/48693918106/
Credit : Sophie Bradford
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Temple pavillon (chozuya), Kyoto, Japon
Shinto water ablution pavilion for a ceremonial purification rite known as temizu, that can be found at the entrance of temples.
Credit : François Molle
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Dividing groundwater between users, Yemen
Each right holder has a distinct pipe.
Original photo at : https://www.flickr.com/photos/water_alternatives/38345251985/
Credit : Frank van Steenbergen
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Irrigated terraces along steep wadi, Yemen
Credit: Jochen Regner
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Collecting lotus flowers in a flooded field, Central Thailand
Credit: François Molle
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Makeshift swimming pool, Palestine
In the vicinity of BirZeit, a Palestinian father built a swimming pool with plastic sheets in his vegetable garden for the children of the village.
Credit: Heiner Schmitz