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    Dictation - Venice and its origin 2/2

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    In the North-West of the Adriatic, a hundred or so islets have been ' drained ' by piles driven in tight rows into the peat around the banks, then connected by 435 bridges.

    The Grand Canal runs for 4 km. It is lined with 170 Venetian masions. If the ground were to give way, these villas would disapear. The canals must therefore be monitored. An analysis of the bancs is carried out permanenly as well as the deth of the canals with the help of imagery acoustic (sending sound waves into the channel ; comparable to a scanner ). The aim is to detect any changes, however small, in order to remedy the problems. They start by daming the Grand Canal and draining the water, then they consolidate the banks with piles. On these piles they build brick walls which they line with waterproof stones, and then the canal is filed with water again. These brick walls protect the banks from erosion and the Venetians can build along the canals. They don ' t use heavy stones for the constructions but ligt bricks. They also make many archs in the walls to lighten the buildings and create the emblematic facades of Venice.

    Venice spans 415 km2, but more than half (253 km2 ) is occupied by water. The Venice Lagoon cover a total of 550 km2.
    This is how the ' Queen of the Adriatic ' was conceived and built in the most unlikely place !

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