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Fires Near the White Nile River in Sudan

7.3N 30.7E

April 27th, 2010 Category: Fires, Rivers

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

Smoke from wildfires is visible in the upper part of this image, near the White Nile River in Sudan. Parts of the river actually do appear white, due to sun glint.

Fires are common in Sudan during the dry season, which generally runs from November to April or May. The fire hazard becomes higher as the dry season progresses, due to an increase in dryness of grasses which create high fuel loads for the fires.

White Nile River Flowing Past the Gezira Scheme, Sudan – April 19th, 2010

14.5N 33.1E

April 19th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

Sun glint causes the White Nile River to appear truly white as it flows past the fields of the Gezira Scheme in Sudan. The Blue Nile borders this agricultural area to the east. The two rivers converge at Khartoum, near the top of the image.

The Gezira Scheme is one of the largest irrigation projects in the world, now covering about now covers 3,400 milesĀ² (8,800 kmĀ²) in the Sudanese state of Al Jazirah. It is composed of thousands of kilometers of canals that distribute water from the Blue Nile to farms between the two rivers.

The Gezira (which means “island”) is particularly suited to irrigation because the soil slopes away from the Blue Nile and water therefore naturally runs through the irrigation canals by gravity . The soil has a high clay content which keeps down losses from seepage. The main crop grown in this region is still cotton.