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Irrigation plots between Lake Nasser and Toshka Lakes, Egypt

Irrigation plots between Lake Nasser and Toshka Lakes, Egypt

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Uploaded 19 Feb 2013 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2013
From collection: Deserts and Desertification
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Egypt's aridity and shortage of arable land are critical issues. Egypt is 97% desert and is therefore dependent on the Nile River for its existence. Only 5% of the land area in Egypt is actually occupied and less than 4% of the land is suitable for agriculture. Since such a small percentage of land is habitable, population densities in some areas along the Nile River are greater than 1,000 people per square kilometer. Soil fertility has declined because of over cultivation and agricultural l ...
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