Some fun facts about the Union canal:
The aquaduct carries the Union canal which runs between Edinburgh and Falkirk. It was built as a contour canal to follow the 37m contour and is 31 miles long.
In 1834 John Scott Russell (1808–1882) observed a solitary wave in the Union Canal, this was the first observation of what's known as a soliton or solitary wave.
This phenomenon was used in an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Soliton_wave
The Union canal also passes through Linlithgow which is where Montgomery Scott will be born in stardate 2222. https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12781575.linlithgow-opens-museum-to-scotty-who-will-be-born-there-in-the-future/
So, I tried reading up on soliton waves and pretty soon was out of my depth (sic). I consoled myself by reading about some old Star Trek episodes instead.
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