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Haze Over Nile River Valley and Delta, Egypt

30.0N 31.2E

January 6th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Egypt – January 3rd, 2013

Haze, possibly caused by fires, hangs over the Nile River Valley, Faiyum Oasis and the southern part of the Nile Delta. The city of Cairo, normally visible at the base of the delta, is completely obscured by the haze. Visible, however, are the Suez Canal, east of the delta, and Lake Moeris, on the northwestern edge of the Faiyum Oasis.

Dust Plume Over Mediterranean Sea and Sediments by Nile River Delta

33.2N 33.9E

March 22nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Dust Over Mediterranean - March 19th, 2012

A plume of dust blows westward across Syria and the Middle East, north of the Dead Sea, and over the Mediterranean Sea. Visible northwest of the dust plume is the island-nation of Cyprus.

To the southwest of the dust plume, sediments line the shores of the Mediterranean, along the shores of the Nile Delta, visible as a fertile green triangle, and the Sinai Peninsula.

Clouds by Nile River Delta, Egypt

29.4N 30.5E

February 6th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - February 2nd, 2012

Clouds hang over the Mediterranean Sea, partially obscuring the view of the Nile Delta, in northern Egypt. The delta valley further to the south is visible, however, appearing as a bright green triangle of land. The city of Cairo can be observed near the tip of the triangular region.

The land along the banks of the Nile River is also green and vegetated, in contrast with the desert that covers most of the rest of the image. Another vegetated area of land is the Fayum Oasis, west of the river. Lake Moeris can be observed along the northern border of the oasis.


Bayuda Desert and Volcanic Field Near Nile River in Sudan

18.4N 31.8E

January 10th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Rivers, Volcanoes

Sudan - January 9th, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Nile River bending around the Bayuda Desert. The desert is located north of modern Khartoum, Sudan, west of Kadabas, and south of the Nubian Desert, together making up part of the Sahara’s eastern flank. Within the desert the Bayuda Volcanic Field can be found, appearing here as a lighter grey area.

Visible along the Nile River in the upper left quadrant is the reservoir created by the Merowe Dam. Also known as Merowe High Dam, Merowe Multi-Purpose Hydro Project or Hamdab Dam, it is a large dam near Merowe Town in northern Sudan, about 350 km north of the capital Khartoum. It is situated on the river Nile, close to the 4th Cataract where the river divides into multiple smaller branches with large islands in between. The main purpose for building the dam was the generation of electricity.

Nile River and Lake Nasser in Sudan and Egypt

21.9N 31.3E

October 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - October 19th, 2011

Lake Nasser is visible as a bluish green lake with jagged edges in the upper left quadrant of this image. It is a vast reservoir in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. The lake was created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile between 1958 and 1971.

The Nile River can be seen winding its way northward through Sudan and Lake Nasser and into Egypt. On the Egyptian side, it is flanked by a wide green, fertile valley. In Sudan, near the bottom of the image, it is used to irrigate the crops of the Gezira Scheme.