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Cities and Towns by the Nile River and Delta, Egypt – November 23rd, 2010

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November 23rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - November 9th, 2010

The valley along the Nile River and the triangular fertile area of the river’s delta are green in color, in contrast with the nearby desert sands. The other large green area south of the delta and west of the river is the Faiyum Oasis, with Lake Moeris located at its northern edge.

Upon opening the full image, many cities and towns can be seen in the valley, oasis and delta. They appear as differently sized tan circles dotted throughout the green. The city of Cairo appears as a much larger greyish tan area at the base of the delta.

Although spotty clouds hang over parts of the delta area, the Suez Canal can be seen clearly by its right edge. In the full image, its main channel can be observed as a thin line connecting the Mediterranean Sea (above) to the Red Sea (below), and dividing the Sinai Peninsula (right) from the rest of Egypt.

One other “sea”, actually a large lake, can be seen at the upper right: the Dead Sea, between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (left) and Jordan (right). In the full image, the series of dikes in its greenish southern basin appear as straight parallel lines.

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