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Populated Areas Along the Nile Delta, Egypt – May 30th, 2013

30.0N 31.2E

May 30th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Egypt – May 30th, 2013

In Egypt, the 24,900 km2 Nile Delta represents about 60 % of the country’s total arable lands, and it is inhabited by about 30 million people. Water and air pollution continue to be a problem for the river. As development in the spheres of agriculture, industry, and urbanization have progressed among the human population, so too have the side effects associated with these practices increased, namely in the form of various pollutants. These pollutants range from agrochemicals to heavy metals to human waste products. With regards to the latter, many of the impoverished cities along the banks of the Nile cannot afford to build or maintain water treatment facilities, meaning that the water that the people living there use is dumped into the river untreated (click here for more information).

Climate Change and the Nile Basin, Egypt

22.5N 31.7E

April 28th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Rivers

Egypt – April 28th, 2013

The thumbnail image shows Lake Nasser, a reservoir on the Nile River on the border of Sudan (below) and Egypt (above). In the full image, the upper course of the Nile to its delta on the Mediterranean can be observed.

Scientists studying the effects of climate change on the Nile River estimate that the expected change in precipitation over the Blue Nile until 2030 will range from –2.15% to 10.65%, while that over the White Nile basin will range from –0.61% to 8%. Over the whole Nile, the range of temperature changes varies from 0.21 to 0.82 degrees at the highest, while the precipitation changes range from –1.43% to 9.94% at the highest (click here for more information).

Thick Dust Plume West of Nile Delta, Egypt

30.0N 31.2E

April 8th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Rivers

Egypt – April 7th, 2013

A thick plume of dust blows across Egypt and over the Mediterranean Sea, passing just west of the fertile Nile River Delta. Dust storms are common in this region, as Egypt lies within a broad band of dust-producing terrain: outside of the Nile River Valley, Egypt’s land surface has very little arable land and is a vast desert plateau rich in Saharan sand.

Dust Over Sinai Peninsula and Nile Delta, Egypt

30.7N 32.5E

April 1st, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Egypt – April 1st, 2013

A thick plume of dust blows across Egypt, covering much of the Nile River Delta, as well as the Suez Canal and most of the Sinai Peninsula, before arching far northwards over the Mediterranean Sea. Air currents then curve the dust plume back southward towards the fertile delta region.

Dust Storm Over Nile Delta, Egypt

30.0N 31.2E

March 26th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Egypt – March 26th, 2013

A dust storm is affecting Egypt, blowing across the Fayum Oasis, near the left bank of the Nile River, and obscuring much of the Nile River Delta. With the exception of the Nile River Valley, Egypt’s land surface is a vast desert plateau covered in the sands of the Sahara Desert. Less than 3 percent of the country’s land is suitable for agriculture, and less than 1 percent is able to support permanent crops.