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Lake Nasser Providing Water for New Valley Project, Egypt

22.5N 31.7E

May 9th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - May 8th, 2012

Lake Nasser, created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile between 1958 and 1971, is an important water source for Egypt (above) and Sudan (below). Visible to its west are the Toshka Lakes, filled by the overflow from Lake Nasser.

Some areas of agriculture can be seen in this extremely arid region, irrigated by Lake Nasser’s waters. Crops can be observed near the Nile in the upper right quadrant, and by the center left edge of the image. The latter are part of the New Valley Project (click link for images of how the area has grown), a system of canals built to carry water from Lake Nasser to irrigate the sandy wastes of the Western Desert of Egypt, which is part of the Sahara Desert.

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