I didn't get to see anything other than the land along the Nile. For the most part, the area away from the Nile is desert. Along the Nile is a fertile strip of land on both sides of the Nile. The soil there is deposited by the Nile during the annual flood. Without this, there would be no fertile land there at all.

The Nile itself has changed considerably after the Aswan High Dam was built. Before the dam, the Nile would flood the area along the river every year. These floods were essential for the ancient Egyptians, since it was their only source of fertile land along the Nile. Since there are no more floods, the fertility of the soil is decreasing continually. Another effect of the High Dam is the accumulation of salt in the irrigated areas, since there is no water to wash the salt away. Even the minute traces of salt in the freshwater accumulate with time to significant levels. This increasing salinity of the soil causes considerable problems.

The most common tree in Egypt is the Date Palm by far. You can see these palms everywhere along the Nile.

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The Nile

Reed Grasses Along
Reed grasses along the Nile. Some areas had large low lying parts that were growing reeds for quite a distance inland. (791k)
Reeds Nile
Reeds in the Nile. (1148k)
Date Palms Along
Date Palms along the Nile. The Date Palm is the most common tree in Egypt by far. (915k)
Going After Chores
Going after his chores, a man on the bank of the Nile. (1037k)
Date Palm Grove
A Date Palm grove with a village in the distance. (1064k)
See Thick Layer
You can see the thick layer of fertile soil. The soil is deposited by the annual flood of the Nile. Without these floods there would be no fertile land along the Nile. (921k)
Full Moon Over
A full moon over the bank of the Nile. You can see that the fertile area along the Nile is very narrow in some places. The desert starts immediately where the terrain rises and the Nile flood cannot deposit the fertile soil. (523k)
Example Narrow Strip
Another example of the narrow strip of vegetation along the Nile. (748k)
First Cataracts Six
The First Cataracts. There were six cataract areas along the Nile in ancient times. Cataracts two through four are now flooded by Lake Nasser, the reservoir behind the Aswan High Dam. (669k)
Aswan Low Dam
The Aswan Low Dam and its reservoir. This is the one that flooded the Island where the Philae Temple of Isis used to be. (455k)
View Aswan High
View from the Aswan High Dam towards the reservoir behind the Aswan Low dam. You can see the very shallow slope of the High Dam. (638k)
View Aswan High
View from the Aswan High Dam over Lake Nasser, the reservoir behind the High Dam. (502k)
View Lake Nasser
View of Lake Nasser from the air. Notice the narrow band of vegetation around the dam, beyond which is only desert. (506k)
View Lake Nasser
Another view of Lake Nasser from the air. (387k)

The Desert

Full Moon Over
A full moon over the bank of the Nile. You can see that the fertile area along the Nile is very narrow in some places. The desert starts immediately where the terrain rises and the Nile flood cannot deposit the fertile soil. (523k)
Aerial View Desert
Aerial view of the desert next to Lake Nasser. (583k)
View Over The
View over the the desert with Lake Nasser in the background. (472k)
Aerial View Desert
Aerial view of the desert and Lake Nasser, with the small band of vegetation around the water. (536k)

Flowers and Trees

Reed Grasses Along
Reed grasses along the Nile. Some areas had large low lying parts that were growing reeds for quite a distance inland. (791k)
Tall Reed Grass
A tall reed grass towering over the low bushes, with a bird perched on the reed. (729k)
Date Palms Along
Date Palms along the Nile. The Date Palm is the most common tree in Egypt by far. (915k)
Bank Nile Faint
Bank of the Nile with a faint full moon over the mountains. (806k)
Date Palm Grove
A Date Palm grove with a village in the distance. (1064k)
Flowering Vine Climbing
A flowering vine climbing through the grasses and bushes. We didn't see many flowers that were not cultivated. (1327k)
Papyrus Plant Lower
Papyrus, the plant of Lower Egypt for the ancient Egyptians. It was used to make paper in ancient times. (1320k)
Flowering Bush Botanical
A flowering bush in the botanical garden on the island near Aswan. (979k)
Palm Tree Botanical
A palm tree in the botanical garden on the island near Aswan. (801k)
Palm Tree Botanical
Another palm tree in the botanical garden on the island near Aswan. (1130k)
Don't Remember Kind
I don't remember what kind of tree this was. (1202k)
Various Types Palms
Various types of palms in the botanical garden on the island near Aswan. (1330k)

Scenic Moments

Full Moon Rising
The full moon rising over the banks of the Nile. (447k)
Full Moon Sun
The full moon with the sun still up is still very dim. (471k)
Sunset Over Banks
Sunset over the banks of the Nile. (1218k)
Sunset Twilight Over
Sunset twilight over the banks of the Nile. (1345k)
Sunset Twilight Over
Sunset twilight over the banks of the Nile. (459k)
Sunset Over Felucca
Sunset over a Felucca on the Nile. (404k)

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People
Egypt
Egypt
Birds in Egypt
Birds in Egypt
Ancient Egypt Architecture in Egypt
Architecture
Mytholopy in Ancient Egypt
Mythology
Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
Pharaohs

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