Canal FAQs:


Q: Is a canal a channel that cuts across a drainage divide?

A: Yes, and making a navigable channel connecting two different drainage basins.

Q: Are canals more difficult to construct and often need additional improvements?

A: Yes, and like viaducts and aqueducts to bridge waters over streams and roads, and ways to keep water in the channel.

Q: Are canals so deeply identified with Venice that many canal cities have been nicknamed "the Venice of…"?

A: Yes, The city is built on marshy islands, with wooden piles supporting the buildings, so that the land is man-made rather than the waterways.

Q: Are canals built almost exclusively as parts of hydroelectric power stations?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a canal horse-drawn with a towpath alongside the canal for the horse to walk along?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a canal built as a result of the War of 1812 to provide military transportation between the British colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada as an alternative to part of the St?

A: Yes.

Q: Were canals partially built with the help of engineers from the Netherlands and other countries?

A: Yes.

Q: Are canals still used to provide water for agriculture?

A: Yes.

Q: Were canals irrigation canals?

A: Yes, and built in Mesopotamia circa 4000 BC, in what is now Iraq and Iran.

Q: Is a canal not at sea level?

A: Yes, and a number of approaches have been adopted.

Q: Was a canal the Grand Canal of China?

A: Yes, and still the longest canal in the world today, and the oldest extant one.

Q: Were canals built in the Netherlands and Flanders to drain the polders and assist transportation of goods and people?

A: Yes.

Q: Were canals developed with the Grand Canal of China in 581–617 AD whilst in Europe the first?

A: Yes, and also using single locks, was the Stecknitz Canal in Germany in 1398.

Q: Was a canal funded entirely by the Duke and was called the Bridgewater Canal?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a canal dug or the sides of the canal are created by making dykes or levees by piling dirt?

A: Yes, and stone, concrete or other building materials.

Q: Were canals built by groups of private individuals with an interest in improving communications?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a canal ever profitable?

A: Yes, or even built.

Q: Is a canal being developed into a major transportation waterway?

A: Yes, and linking France with Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Q: Is a canal limited to boats of under 10 tons for much of their length due to the capacity of their inclined planes or boat lifts?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a canal built in 1862 for the Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Company?

A: Yes.

Q: Were canals built in Japan including the Biwako canal and the Tone canal?

A: Yes.

Q: Were canals of immense importance to commerce and the development?

A: Yes, and growth and vitality of a civilization.

Q: Were canals built as part of fortifications?

A: Yes.

Q: Were canals constructed?

A: Yes, and owned, and operated by private joint-stock companies.

Q: Is a canal constructed in this way?

A: Yes.

Q: Were canals later drained and used as railroad rights-of-way?

A: Yes.

Q: Were canals completed in this period?

A: Yes, and starting with the Suez Canal - which carries tonnage many times that of most other canals - and the Kiel Canal , though the Panama Canal was not opened until 1914.

Q: Is a canal simply open to the sea?

A: Yes.