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Lake Nasser, Egypt

March 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Lake Nassar, Egypt - February 26th, 2009

Lake Nassar, Egypt - February 26th, 2009

Lake Nasser is a vast reservoir in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Strictly, “Lake Nasser” refers only to the much larger portion of the lake that is in Egyptian territory (83% of the total), with the Sudanese preferring to call their smaller body of water Lake Nubia.

It was created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile between 1958 and 1970. The lake is named after President Gamal Abdel Nasser, who initiated the controversial High Dam project.

The lake is some 550 km long and 35 km across at its widest point, which is near the Tropic of Cancer. It covers a total surface area of 5,250 km² and has a storage capacity of some 157 km³ of water.

The smaller lake visible to the left is one of the Toshka Lakes, which were created from drainage carried to a depression in the Sahara Desert via canals from the larger Lake Nasser. This drainage keeps its water level from becoming too high.

Between Lake Nasser and the Toshka lake there is an agricultural area with circular fields, irrigated with waters drained from the former.

Both the Toshka lake and the southern part of Lake Nasser are experiening algal growth.

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