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If anyone really wants to see this in action, search Falkirk Wheel. Has its own site - Marvelous- thanks stevem :)
That's truly amazing, thanks ! I will check it out :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkirk_Wheel - this explains the whole story. Basically, however, the water is in two 'gondolas', one at each end of the main arm, which rotates through 180 degrees to lift one from the bottom to the top while dropping the other from the top to the bottom. Each gondola weighs exactly the same whether there is a barge/barges in there or not (the barge displaces its own weight of water), so not much power is required to run the thing. I believe this is the only wheel anywhere in the world; it replaces 11 conventional locks.
Sorry! I don't know firsthand about canal locks, all I have seen have been roller dams on the river with boat channel on side. Where is the water?
Careful! Falkirk is in Scotland.
Same as a system of locks on a canal - but a lot quicker.
What is it's purpose?