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The White Nile and Gezira Scheme Agriculture, Sudan

March 22nd, 2009 Category: Rivers

White Nile, Sudan - March 20th, 2009

White Nile, Sudan - March 20th, 2009

The White Nile, which actually does appear white here, due to sun glint, as it runs through the center of this image, one of the two main tributaries of the Nile River in Africa. The other tributary is the Blue Nile, to the right.

Between the two rivers and below their confluence at the city of Khartoum are the crops of the Gezira Scheme, a huge irrigation project in Sudan.

The White Nile enters Sudan at Nimule, then winds through rapids before entering the Sudan plain and the vast swamp of the Sudd. It eventually makes its way to Lake No, passes through Juba, the southernmost navigable point on the Nile river system, and finally merges with the Blue Nile at Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, forming the Nile.

The Gezira Scheme, Sudan

January 17th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

The Gezira Scheme agricultural project, Sudan - January 16th, 2009

The Gezira Scheme agricultural project, Sudan - January 16th, 2009

Close-up of fields

Close-up of fields

The Gezira SchemeĀ  is one of the largest irrigation projects in the world.

It is centered on the Sudanese state of Al Jazirah, just southeast of the confluence of the Blue and White Nile rivers at the city of Khartoum.

This network of canals and ditches is 2,700 miles (4,300 kilometers) long, and the irrigated area covers 8,800 kmĀ². The main crop grown in this region is cotton.

The economy of Sudan was historically based on agriculture prior to the beginning of oil exports in the late 1990s.

The Gezira Scheme was begun by the British in 1925 and distributes water from the Blue Nile through canals and ditches to tenant farms lying between the Blue and White Nile rivers.

Farmers cooperate with the Sudanese government and the Gezira Board.

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The Nile River – November 23rd, 2008

November 23rd, 2008 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

The Nile River, Egypt - November 6th, 2008

The Nile River, Egypt - November 6th, 2008

Close-up of the mouth of the Nile

Close-up of the mouth of the Nile

In this image we have a clear view of the part of the Nile River that flows through northern Sudan and Egypt.

The Nile is a major north-flowing river in Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world.

The Nile has two major tributaries, the White Nile and Blue Nile, the latter being the source of most of the Nile’s water and fertile soil, but the former being the longer of the two.

The White Nile rises in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, with the most distant source in southern Rwanda, and flows North from there through Tanzania, Lake Victoria, Uganda and southern Sudan.

The Blue Nile starts at Lake Tana in Ethiopia, flowing into Sudan from the southeast. The two rivers meet near the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

The Nile ends in a large delta that empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

As we can see in the image, the northern section of the river flows almost entirely through desert, from Sudan into Egypt. Most of the population of Egypt and all of its cities, with the exception of those near the coast, lie along those parts of the Nile valley north of Aswan, as is suggested by the green vegetation and agriculture along the riverbanks.

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