The Nile River – November 23rd, 2008
In this image we have a clear view of the part of the Nile River that flows through northern Sudan and Egypt.
The Nile is a major north-flowing river in Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world.
The Nile has two major tributaries, the White Nile and Blue Nile, the latter being the source of most of the Nile’s water and fertile soil, but the former being the longer of the two.
The White Nile rises in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, with the most distant source in southern Rwanda, and flows North from there through Tanzania, Lake Victoria, Uganda and southern Sudan.
The Blue Nile starts at Lake Tana in Ethiopia, flowing into Sudan from the southeast. The two rivers meet near the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
The Nile ends in a large delta that empties into the Mediterranean Sea.
As we can see in the image, the northern section of the river flows almost entirely through desert, from Sudan into Egypt. Most of the population of Egypt and all of its cities, with the exception of those near the coast, lie along those parts of the Nile valley north of Aswan, as is suggested by the green vegetation and agriculture along the riverbanks.