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Blue and White Nile Rivers Meeting Near Khartoum, Sudan – November 5th, 2011

November 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Sudan - November 4th, 2011

The Nile is a major north-flowing river in North Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world. It is 6,650 km (4,130 miles) long and runs through ten countries: Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Egypt.

The Nile has two major tributaries, the White Nile and Blue Nile. The White Nile rises in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, with the most distant source still undetermined but located in either Rwanda or Burundi. It flows north through Tanzania, Lake Victoria, Uganda and South Sudan. The Blue Nile starts at Lake Tana in Ethiopia and flows into Sudan from the southeast.

The two rivers meet near the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. Their confluence can be observed northeast of the image center. Below the point where they converge is the Gezira Scheme, an extensive area of irrigated agriculture.

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