Nilometer

Water Level Measurement

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Courtesy of Bruce Salters, W.P. Law Inc.

Year: 3500 BC

Type: Water Level Measurement

Typical use: Agriculture

The annual flood season along the Nile was unpredictable without records, so the Egyptians created a flood gauge called the Nilometer.

The simplest design was a vertical column submerged in the river with marked intervals indicating the depth of the river. A second design was a flight of stairs leading into the river.

The nilometer data was then used by the ancient Egyptian priesthood who mystically predicted when the flood would occur.
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