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Waters of Lake Nasser Amidst Arid Desert, Egypt

22.4N 31.7E

November 4th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Egypt - October 7th, 2009

Egypt - October 7th, 2009

The navy blue waters of Lake Nasser, a vast reservoir in southern Egypt and northern Sudan, contrast against the surrounding arid desert. It was created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile between 1958 and 1970.

This image focuses on the upper reaches of the lake in Egypt, and the dam itself is in fact located near the top. Lake Nasser is some 550 km long and 35 km across at its widest point, also visible here. It covers a total surface area of 5,250 km² and has a storage capacity of some 157 km³ of water.

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