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Convergence of White and Blue Nile Rivers Near Khartoum, Sudan

15.5N 32.5E

March 1st, 2012 Category: Rivers

Sudan - December 31st, 2011

The Nile is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world, at 6,650 km (4,130 miles) long. It runs through the ten countries of Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Egypt.

This image focuses on the part of the Nile in Sudan. It enters the country below Renk as the White Nile, and flows north to Khartoum, where it meets the Blue Nile. The area between the two rivers, visible in the lower right quadrant, is a large tract of irrigated land known as the Gezira Scheme. The course of the Nile in Sudan is distinctive. It flows over six groups of cataracts, from the first at Aswan to the sixth at Sabaloka (just north of Khartoum) and then turns to flow southward before again returning to flow north. This is called the Great Bend of the Nile. In the north of Sudan the river enters Lake Nasser (known in Sudan as Lake Nubia), the larger part of which is in Egypt.

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