Iran’s Centuries-Old Windmills May Soon Stop Turning

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Without regular attention, Iran’s centuries-old windmills may one day stop. (Nat Geo News)

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Nashtifan, Iran, is a rural area in northeastern Iran, not far from the border with Afghanistan.

Nashtifan, Iran, is a rural area in northeastern Iran, not far from the border with Afghanistan.

Discussion Ideas

The windmills of Nashtifan were already ancient when National Geographic captured this remarkable image of the snow-covered town in 1909. The stepped-wall structure of the windmills are clearly visible in the background. Photograph by National Geographic. Public domain

The windmills of Nashtifan were already ancient when National Geographic captured this remarkable image of the snow-covered town in 1909. The stepped-wall structures of the windmills are clearly visible in the background.
Photograph by National Geographic. Public domain

 

This model of the Nashtifan windmills, on display at a German museum, neatly shows the still-efficient technology at work. Photograph by Saupreiß (left) and illustration by Kaboldy, both courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0

This model of the Nashtifan windmills, on display at a German museum, neatly shows the still-efficient technology at work.
Photograph by Saupreiß (left) and illustration by Kaboldy, both courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0

 

  • Do the Nashtifan windmills operate the same way as modern wind turbines?
    • No. Windmills are not the same as wind turbines. Wind turbines generate electricity. Windmills like those at Nashtifan were originally designed to grind (mill) grain and pump water.

 

 

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Nat Geo: Iran’s Centuries-Old Windmills May Soon Stop Turning

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Nat Geo: Where are the Nashtifan windmills? MapMaker Interactive map

Amusing Planet: The Ancient Windmills of Nashtifan

One response to “Iran’s Centuries-Old Windmills May Soon Stop Turning

  1. That is sad to see that history will destroy these wonderful relics of our past. Preservation is the only key to retaining these for future generations. We have some similar old windmills on our website but these ones are by far the oldest..

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