The ruins of the Ma’rib Dam.

The Ma’rib Dam: An Engineering Wonder of the Ancient World… Torn Apart by Rats?

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Ma’rib dam before and after the destruction in 2015.

Ma’rib dam before and after the destruction in 2015. ( Fair Use )

Top image: The ruins of the Ma’rib Dam. Source: H. Grobe/ CC BY SA 3.0

By Wu Mingren


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