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Lake Nasser Providing Water for New Valley Project, Egypt

22.5N 31.7E

May 9th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - May 8th, 2012

Lake Nasser, created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile between 1958 and 1971, is an important water source for Egypt (above) and Sudan (below). Visible to its west are the Toshka Lakes, filled by the overflow from Lake Nasser.

Some areas of agriculture can be seen in this extremely arid region, irrigated by Lake Nasser’s waters. Crops can be observed near the Nile in the upper right quadrant, and by the center left edge of the image. The latter are part of the New Valley Project (click link for images of how the area has grown), a system of canals built to carry water from Lake Nasser to irrigate the sandy wastes of the Western Desert of Egypt, which is part of the Sahara Desert.

Crops of the New Valley Project West of Toshka Lakes and Lake Nasser, Egypt

22.5N 28.5E

January 26th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - January 5th, 2012

Visible at the right edge of this image is the southern part of Lake Nasser, on the Nile River by the border of Sudan (below) and Egypt (above). Northwest of the lake are the Toshka Lakes, a by-product of the rising level of Lake Nasser. The rectangular pattern of dots near the left edge of the image are the circular irrigated fields of the New Valley Project (Toshka project).

The New Valley Project consists of building a system of canals to carry water from Lake Nasser to irrigate the sandy wastes of the Western Desert of Egypt, which is part of the Sahara Desert. In 1997 the Egyptian government decided to develop a “new” valley (in addition to the Nile Valley) where agricultural and industrial communities could be developed. It is an ambitious project, that if successful, should help Egypt deal with its rapidly growing population. If the project fails it will exacerbate problems of allocating the scarce waters of the Nile.

The canal inlet starts from a site lying 8 km to the north of Toshka Bay (Khor) on Lake Nasser. The canal continues westward until it reaches Darb el-Arbe’ien route, then moves northward along Darb el- Arbe’ien to the Baris Oasis, covering a distance of 310 km. The Mubarak Pumping Station in Toshka is the centerpiece of the project and was inaugurated in March 2005. It pumps water from Lake Nasser to be transported by way of a canal through the valley, transforming 2340 km² (588,000 acres) of desert into agricultural land. When the Toshka Project is completed in 2020, the valley is projected to become home to more than three million residents and to increase Egypt’s arable land area by 10%.

Irrigated Fields of New Valley Project, Egypt – May 30th, 2011

22.5N 28.5E

May 30th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Egypt - May 18th, 2011

The New Valley Project (Toshka Project) consists of building a system of canals to carry water from Lake Nasser to irrigate the sandy wastes of the Western Desert of Egypt, which is part of the Sahara Desert.

The canal inlet starts from a site lying 8 km to the north of Toshka Bay (Khor) on Lake Nasser. The canal continues westward until it reaches Darb el-Arbe’ien route, then moves northward along Darb el- Arbe’ien to the Baris Oasis, covering a distance of 310 km.

The number of circular, irrigated fields in the area has increased over the years (click here for previous images).

Agriculture Irrigated by the New Valley Project, Egypt

22.4N 28.5E

January 29th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Egypt - January 3rd, 2010

Egypt - January 3rd, 2010

These circular fields arranged in square and linear patterns are part of the New Valley Project in Egypt. The goal of this project is to irrigate the arid Sahara in the Western Desert of Egypt, in order to make it possible to develop agricultural and industrial communities.

The irrigation is realized by a system of canals that carry water from Lake Nasser.  Upon completion, it is hoped that the Egypt’s arable land area will have increased by 10%, providing more food for the country’s rapidly growing population.

Earlier satellite image show the progress being made; please click here to see previous images of the area. Upon comparison it can be observed that the numbers of fields has increased over the last few months.

The New Valley Project, Egypt

March 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Desert agriculture, Egypt - March 16th, 2009

Desert agriculture, Egypt - March 16th, 2009

The New Valley Project consists of building a system of canals to carry water from Lake Nasser to irrigate the sandy wastes of the Western Desert of Egypt, which is part of the Sahara Desert.

In 1997 the Egyptian government decided to develop a “new” valley (in addition to the Nile Valley) where agricultural and industrial communities could be developed.

It is an ambitious project, that if successful, should help Egypt deal with its rapidly growing population. If the project fails it will exacerbate problems of allocating the scarce waters of the Nile.

The canal inlet starts from a site lying 8 km to the north of Toshka Bay (Khor) on Lake Nasser. The canal continues westward until it reaches Darb el-Arbe’ien route, then moves northward along Darb el- Arbe’ien to the Baris Oasis, covering a distance of 310 km.

The Mubarak Pumping Station in Toshka is the centerpiece of the project and was inaugurated in March 2005. It pumps water from Lake Nasser to be transported by way of a canal through the valley, transforming 2340 km² (588,000 acres) of desert into agricultural land.

When the Toshka Project is completed in 2020, the valley is projected to become home to more than three million residents and to increase Egypt’s arable land area by 10%.

The Toshka Lakes are a byproduct of the rising level of Lake Nasser and lie in the same general region as much of the New Valley Project.

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