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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.

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