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River Nile

River Nile

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Caption

River Nile, satellite image. North is at top. The Nile, of which only part is seen, is the world's longest river, flowing north from East Africa through Sudan (bottom) and Egypt (top) until it meets the Mediterranean Sea (not seen). The Red Sea is to the east. The large meander at the top of the image marks the site of the ancient city of Luxor, whilst the wider stretch of water below centre is Lake Nasser, formed by the Aswan High Dam. This dam was constructed in the 1960s, retaining 80 billion cubic metres of water for irrigation and producing 8 billion kilowatts an hour from its hydroelectric plant. It does however allow the silt to settle, leading to fertility problems and bank erosion.

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