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E. saw particularly severe inundations, giving rise to the story of the Flood (see chapter 11). E. , necessitating increasing investment in irrigation works. E. The Consequences of Human Activities Many changes in the Mesopotamian environment were the result of human activity. The creation of canals and dams could significantly alter drainage patterns, often unwittingly, although at times the interference was malicious. Upstream communities sometimes channeled water to serve their own needs at the expense of communities farther downstream, a catalyst to conflict.