29 Facts About Nile River


The Nile is the longest river in Africa and has historically been considered the longest river in the world, though this has been contested by research suggesting that the Amazon River is slightly longer.

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In particular, the Nile River is the primary water source of Egypt, Sudan and South Sudan.

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Additionally, the Nile is an important economic river, supporting agriculture and fishing.

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The White Nile River is traditionally considered to be the headwaters stream.

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The Blue Nile River begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia and flows into Sudan from the southeast.

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The Nile is, with the Rhone and Po, one of the three Mediterranean rivers with the largest water discharge.

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In Egyptian Arabic, the Nile River is called en-Nil, while in Standard Arabic it is called an-Nil.

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The Nile River basin is complex, and because of this, the discharge at any given point along the main stem depends on many factors including weather, diversions, evaporation and evapotranspiration, and groundwater flow.

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The White Nile River starts in equatorial East Africa, and the Blue Nile River begins in Ethiopia.

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Source of the Blue Nile River is Lake Tana in the Gish Abay region in the Ethiopian Highlands.

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The most remote source that is indisputably a source for the White Nile is the Kagera River; however, the Kagera has tributaries that are in contention for the farthest source of the White Nile.

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The Bahr al Ghazal, 716 kilometers long, joins the Bahr al Jabal at a small lagoon called Lake No, after which the Nile River becomes known as the Bahr al Abyad, or the White Nile River, from the whitish clay suspended in its waters.

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Nile River has been the lifeline of civilization in Egypt since the Stone Age, with most of the population and all of the cities of Egypt developing along those parts of the Nile River valley lying north of Aswan.

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However, the Nile River used to run much more westerly through what is Wadi Hamim and Wadi al Maqar in Libya and flow into the Gulf of Sidra.

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The Nile River was much longer at that time, with its furthest headwaters in northern Zambia.

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The currently existing Nile River first flowed during the former parts of the Wurm glaciation period.

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One is that the integrated drainage of the Nile is of young age and that the Nile basin was formerly broken into series of separate basins, only the most northerly of which fed a river following the present course of the Nile in Egypt and Sudan.

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Egyptian Nile River connected to the Sudanese Nile River, which captures the Ethiopian and Equatorial headwaters during the current stages of tectonic activity in the Eastern, Central and Sudanese Rift systems.

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The Nile River was a convenient and efficient means of transportation for people and goods.

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Nile River was an important part of ancient Egyptian spiritual life.

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The Nile River was considered to be a causeway from life to death and the afterlife.

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Akhet, which means inundation, was the time of the year when the Nile River flooded, leaving several layers of fertile soil behind, aiding in agricultural growth.

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Agatharchides records that in the time of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, a military expedition had penetrated far enough along the course of the Blue Nile River to determine that the summer floods were caused by heavy seasonal rainstorms in the Ethiopian Highlands, but no European of antiquity is known to have reached Lake Tana.

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Paez's account of the source of the Nile River is a long and vivid account of Ethiopia.

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The Nile River is the area's natural navigation channel, giving access to Khartoum and Sudan by steamer.

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Nile River has long been used to transport goods along its length.

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Nile River's water has affected the politics of East Africa and the Horn of Africa for many decades.

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The expedition began at the White Nile River's beginning at Lake Victoria in Uganda, on 17 January 2004 and arrived at the Mediterranean in Rosetta, four and a half months later.

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Blue Nile River Expedition, led by geologist Pasquale Scaturro and his partner, kayaker and documentary filmmaker Gordon Brown became the first known people to descend the entire Blue Nile River, from Lake Tana in Ethiopia to the beaches of Alexandria on the Mediterranean.

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