Wednesday, October 22, 2008

NASA MODIS Image of the Day: River Nile


Click on the small image, right, to go to the page where the full sized photograph can be seen.

Most views of Egypt show the famous Nile River Delta, so it is interesting to see this view of the southern part of Egypt.

At the top left of the image is a reservoir that was created when the Aswan Dam was built over the Nile between 1958-1970.

The majority of the lake lies in Egypt and is called Lake Nasser. Because the border between Egypt and Sudan runs through southern part of this lake, a small tip of it belongs to Sudan and is known as Lake Nubia. A great deal of Sudan is visible in this image, from the dry northern Nubian desert to the southern part of the country which contains green swamps and rain forest. The Red Sea is the body of water on the right, with Saudi Arabia located to the east. This image was captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on September 27, 2008.

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