SLOW ASTERN

Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – water conservation reservoir

Water conservation Reservoir

Most rivers will dry up completely during the summer months. What little water is left in larger rivers tends to disappear underground or meander so much over the riverbed that it is absorbed. The method above of damning and reserving water is the most common on the island. Walls are built at a suitable site on the riverbed and a watertight finish obtained by placing a large flat stones up right against the wall on the waterside. The joins are sealed with clay and grass or cement. The drain and plug are simply a large stone let in to an opening with whole board into it, in which fits a branch. The rate of flow is controlled by using different sized branches. To seal completely the largest sized branch is used and packed around with leaves and mud The reservoir is situated above a number of gardens which it serves. Water is allowed constantly to seep out to the next reservoir situated further down the river valley. When required, water is directed into irrigation channels on either side of the valley.

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Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – Ayia Kiriaki
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‘Slow Astern’ is a position on the engine telegraph located inside the bridge of a ship. It’s purpose is to transmit the orders of the captain to the engine room below decks. ‘Slow astern’ means ‘slowly backwards’. In Greek it is ‘ΟΠΙΣΘΕΝ ΗΡΈΜΑ’. I am using this nautical term as a metaphor to say ‘slowly back to the past’ or if you wish, «a calm and sobber throwback in time».Hello!
In case some readers thought that all I love about my favorite island is nature, I hope this post will make them change their minds. Because, connected with that nature, inside that nature, befriended with that nature, a very peculiar civilization developed…

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