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The Atbarah and Tekezé Rivers in Sudan

14.9N 35.9E

November 9th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Sudan - October 7th, 2009

Sudan - October 7th, 2009

Green fields can be seen near the banks of the Atbarah River in Sudan. This northeast Africa river rises in northwest Ethiopia, approximately 50 km north of Lake Tana and 30 km west of Gondar. It flows about 805 km (500 mi) to the Nile in north-central Sudan, joining it at the city of Atbarah. The Atbarah is the last tributary of the Nile before it reaches the Mediterranean.

Its tributary, the Tekezé River, can be seen flowing up from the bottom of the image and joining with the Atbarah near the start of the agricultural area and the town of Khashm el Girba. The Tekezé is perhaps the true upper course of the Atbarah, as the Tekezé follows the longer course prior to the confluence of the two rivers.

For much of the year, it is little more than a stream. However during the rainy season (generally June to October), the Atbarah rises some 18 ft (5 m) above its normal level. This image was taken in early October, when the river’s levels are at their highest.

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