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Suez Canal and Great Bitter Lake, Egypt – July 17th, 2011

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July 17th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Egypt - July 12th, 2011

Visible on the right side of this image is the Dead Sea, while near the left edge is part of the fertile, green delta of the Nile River, in Egypt. At the edge of the delta, bordering the Sinai Peninsula, is the Suez Canal, an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

After multiple enlargements, the canal was 193.30 km long, 24 m deep, and 205 m wide as of 2010. It consists of the northern access channel of 22 km, the canal itself of 162.25 km and of the southern access channel of 9 km. It is single-lane with passing places in Ballah By-Pass and in the Great Bitter Lake (visible along the path of the canal in the full image). It contains no locks; seawater flows freely through the canal.

Agriculture Around Nile Rivermouth and Lake Moeris – March 12th, 2009

March 12th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Nile Rivermouth, Egypt - February 26th, 2009

Nile Rivermouth, Egypt - February 26th, 2009

Fertile green land surrounds the mouth of the Nile River, its banks, and a nearby lake. The green areas are fields, while the tan patches speckled throughout the area are cities and small towns.

Green sediments can also be seen just offshore, spilling into the Mediterranean Sea from the river’s outlets.

Agriculture also surrounds Lake Moeris, to the South. It is an ancient lake in the northwest of the Faiyum Oasis, 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Cairo, Egypt.  Lake Moeris was freshwater in prehistory but is today a saltwater lake.

The lake’s surface is 140 ft (43 m) below sea-level, and covers about 78 mile² (200 km²).  Its area is estimated to vary between 490 mi² (1,270 km²) and 1,700 km² (656 sq. miles).

Further east, the Suez Canal stretches between the Mediterranean Sea (above) and the Red Sea (below), dividing Egypt from the Sinai Peninsula.

The Great Bitter Lake is a salt water lake visible between the north and south part of the Suez Canal. It is adjoined by the Small Bitter Lake.

Together, the Bitter Lakes have a surface area of about 250 km². To the north, the canal also runs through Lake Manzala and Lake Timsah.

The Suez Canal, Egypt

February 3rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Suez Canal, Egypt - January 28th, 2009

Suez Canal, Egypt - January 28th, 2009

Despite some cloud cover near its two ends, the Suez Canal, in Egypt, can be seen running from top to bottom in this full resolution image.

The canal, opened in 1869, connects the Mediterranean Sea (top) and the Red Sea (bottom) so that water transportation can be affected between Europe and Asia without navigating around Africa or carrying goods overland.

The canal is 193 km (120 mi) long. It is single-lane with 4 passing places north and south of the Great Bitter Lake (center). It contains no locks; seawater flows freely through the canal into the Great Bitter Lake from both the Red Sea in the south and the Mediterranean in the north, replacing evaporation.

A green algal bloom can be seen along the shoreline around Port Said (the northern terminus of the canal), as well as in the Great Bitter Lake.

The southern terminus in the Gulf of Suez, in the Red Sea, appears to have less algae, although this is difficult to discern due to the partial cloud cover.

source Wikipedia