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Nile Delta Detail
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Nile Delta Detail

January 18, 2006
In this image detail of a full-resolution MERIS image, the Nile delta itself is shown.

The MERIS bands used to enhance the spectral difference over land show up the sedimentation from the delta into the Mediterranean. Looking closely we can see the different channels of the Nile cutting their way towards the sea. The black areas represent cities on the shores of the channels; El Mansure, Tanta and El Mahalla el Kubra are the three cities in the center of the delta, with Cairo again clearly visible at the base. The blue plume offshore is caused by sediment from the river being pumped into the sea.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Acquisition: 01-Mar-2003
  • Orbit nr: 05228
  • Center coordinates: lat. 30.87, lon. 31.25