Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser

Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser

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Caption: Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, from space. North is at top. Water is blue and the surrounding desert land is grey/orange. The River Nile flows from south to north, forming Lake Nasser (of which the northern tip is seen) behind the Aswan High Dam. The river continues towards top. The runway of Aswan Airport (centre left) is clearly seen. The Aswan High Dam, Egypt, built in the 1960s, regulates the yearly flood of the Nile, storing water for use in times of drought. Photographed from the International Space Station (ISS) by the Expedition Two crew who manned it from 10 March to 20 August 2001. The ISS orbits 350 kilometres above the Earth.

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