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Nasser, Egypt

February 9, 2006
This image shows a section of the Nile river, the longest river in the world. The Arabian Desert occupies most of the right side of Nile in Egypt (top right), while south of the border, in Sudan, it is the Nubian Desert that covers the area between the Nile and the Red Sea (bottom right). The Libyan Desert occupies the left side of the Nile. Lake Nasser, south of Egypt (center of the image), is the largest artificial lake in the world created by the Aswan Hight Dam constructed between January 1960 and July 1970. It extends for 560 kilometers (350 miles) southward to the Third Cataract and averages 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide. The high dam makes possible the large-scale storage and use of Nile water independent of natural floods, and it provides Egypt with low-cost hydroelectric power.

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