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Merowe Reservoir Near Bayuda Volcanic Field, Sudan

18.4N 32.7E

January 19th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Sudan - December 29th, 2011

In this image of Sudan, the Nile River can be seen curving around the Bayuda Desert (below), separating it from the Nubian Desert (above). Both deserts are part of the Sahara Desert. The dark areas within the curve of the river are part of the Bayuda Volcanic Field can be found.

Visible along the Nile River near the left edge of the image is the reservoir created by the Merowe Dam, a large dam near Merowe Town in northern Sudan, about 350 km north of the capital Khartoum. The dam is situated close to the 4th Cataract of the Nile, where the river divides into multiple smaller branches with large islands between them.

Border Area Between Sudan and South Sudan

10.3N 30.1E

October 3rd, 2011 Category: Rivers

Sudan - October 2nd, 2011

Running roughly through the center of this image is the border between Sudan and South Sudan, which gained independence from the former about three months ago, on the 9th of July, 2011. Visible in Sudan in the upper right corner is a section of the White Nile River.

The terrain of Sudan is generally flat plains, broken by several mountain ranges. The amount of rainfall increases towards the south. In the north there is the very dry Nubian Desert; in the south there are swamps and rainforest.

Habitats in South Sudan include grasslands, high-altitude plateaus and escarpments, wooded and grassy savannas, floodplains, and wetlands.

Merowe Dam Across the Nile River, Sudan

18.6N 32.0E

April 15th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

The bright green waters of a lake along the path of the Nile River create a surprising contrast with the dry tones of the Bayuda Desert (below the river) and the Nubian Desert (above the river).

The lake was created by the construction of the Merowe Dam, also known as the Hamdab Dam in northern Sudan, about 350 km (220 mi) north of the capital Khartoum. It is situated on the river Nile, close to the 4th Cataract where the river divides into multiple smaller branches with large islands in between.

The main purpose of the dam will be the generation of electricity. Its dimensions make it the largest contemporary hydropower project in Africa.

The Nile River Between the Nubian and Bayuda Deserts, Sudan

15.5N 32.5E

November 6th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Sudan - September 24th, 2009

Sudan - September 24th, 2009

The Nile River makes its way northeast through Sudan, towards Egypt. In the upper part of the image, it curves around and southwards before resuming its northward trajectory.

This curve separates two regions of desert: the Nubian Desert and the Bayuda Desert. Thee area above is part of the former, while the terrain below belongs to the latter.

The Nubian Desert is in the eastern region of the Sahara Desert, spanning 50,000 kmĀ² of northeastern Sudan between the Nile and the Red Sea. The arid region, a largely sandstone plateau, has lots of wadis flowing towards the Nile. There is virtually no rainfall in the Nubian, and there are no oases.

The Bayuda Desert, on the other hand, is located north of modern Khartoum, west of Kadabas, and south of the Nubian Desert, together making up part of the Sahara’s eastern flank.