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Lake Nasser Providing Water for New Valley Project, Egypt

22.5N 31.7E

May 9th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - May 8th, 2012

Lake Nasser, created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile between 1958 and 1971, is an important water source for Egypt (above) and Sudan (below). Visible to its west are the Toshka Lakes, filled by the overflow from Lake Nasser.

Some areas of agriculture can be seen in this extremely arid region, irrigated by Lake Nasser’s waters. Crops can be observed near the Nile in the upper right quadrant, and by the center left edge of the image. The latter are part of the New Valley Project (click link for images of how the area has grown), a system of canals built to carry water from Lake Nasser to irrigate the sandy wastes of the Western Desert of Egypt, which is part of the Sahara Desert.

Sun Glint on Lake Nasser and Toshka Lakes, Egypt and Sudan – May 29th, 2011

23.2N 32.7E

May 29th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Egypt - May 18th, 2011

Sun glint causes Lake Nasser, on the border of Egypt and Sudan, to have a silvery gleam. The small southern part of the lake located in Sudanese territory is usually called Lake Nubia in Sudan.

One of the Toshka Lakes, near the left edge, also appears silvery from sun glint, while another further west is not directly reflecting the sun and appears blue.


Circular Fields Near Lake Nasser, Egypt and Sudan

23.1N 30.8E

January 4th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Egypt and Sudan - December 27th, 2010

The vast artificial reservoir known as Lake Nasser, in southern Egypt and northern Sudan, stands out against the surrounding tan Sahara Desert. The lake is mostly dark blue in color, although the southern reaches have a greenish tinge.

It is situated along the Nile River, which can be seen flowing northward from the bottom right. The smaller Toshka Lakes are visible west of Lake Nasser. Continuing further west, multiple circular, irrigated fields can be observed as well.

Green and Blue Waters of Lake Nasser in Sudan and Egypt

21.9N 31.3E

November 27th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Egypt and Sudan - November 9th, 2010

Lake Nasser, visible in the upper half of the image, is a vast reservoir in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Strictly, “Lake Nasser” refers only to the much larger portion of the lake that is in Egyptian territory (83% of the total), with the Sudanese preferring to call their smaller body of water Lake Nubia.

The reservoir, situated along the Nile River, appears dark blue in the Egyptian part but green with sediments in the Sudanese part. Two smaller lakes, known as the Toshka Lakes, are visible to the west, created by the excess waters from the Aswan High Dam that created Lake Nasser.

Nile River, from Lake Nasser, Past Faiyum Oasis, to the Mediterranean

26.7N 31.4E

October 11th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - August 27th, 2010

The fertile areas around the Nile River and its delta, as well as the Faiyum Oasis to the south, look deep green in contrast with the surrounding tan Sahara Desert landscape in Egypt. Upon opening the full image, cities and settlements within the delta and the river valley areas appear as tan spots amidst the green.

By the eastern extent of the delta, the Suez Canal can be seen connecting the Mediterranean Sea (above) to the Red Sea (below). Following the river southwards, Lake Nasser and the Toshka Lakes can be seen in the lower part of the image. The end of Lake Nasser can be distinguished from the green of the river valley due to the color change to a silvery green.