Water-powered mine ventilation in the 16th century

Water-powered mine ventilation in the 16th century

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Caption: Mine ventilation. Engraving of water-powered air ventilation in a 16th century mine. The water wheel (at left) powered a closed drum (at centre) within which there was a four-bladed fan (inset, at top left); during use the fan was fitted with feathers. The invention of ventilators like this allowed the development of deep mines. Image taken from De re metallica (1556) by Agricola.

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Keywords: 16th century, agricola's apparatus, air conditioning, historical, history, history of science, industry, mine ventilation, mining, technology, ventilation equipment, water power

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