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Watering the Farmland of Spain: Storied Past and Troubled Present

The dilemma facing the country that is both Europe’s fruit and vegetable garden, and home to the continent’s only desert

Matthew Clapham
Iberospherical
Published in
6 min readMay 3, 2024

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An irrigation channel and rusty sluice gate mechanism in the foreground, with a field of orange trees beyond
An acequia with its mechanical sluice gate (Photo by Vicenç Salvador Torres Guerola, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

At the end of my road there runs a concrete conduit. The modest, intermittent stream of water that flows along it…

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Matthew Clapham
Iberospherical

Professional translator by day. Writer of silly and serious stuff by night. Also by day, when I get fed up of tedious translations. Founder of Iberospherical.