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Notes on the Geography of Sudan: Nile Corridor

The Nile dominates Northern Sudan as much as it does Egypt: it's the only substantial body of water, and it's fringed by land that's otherwise next to useless.

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The Nile near Sabaluka, at the 6th Cataract of the Nile.

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The flight from Cairo to Khartoum takes two hours. Amazing how much you miss when you travel that way.

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The banks of the river are often irrigated.  Here, we're looking upstream on the White Nile, where long narrow fields are irrigated by water electrically pumped from the river. 

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Farther from water, the country north of Khartoum is intensely arid.  Everything is built of stone or, more likely, mud, and the occasional tree is an event.

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Public meetings are typically held in a tree's shade.

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The surrounding plains stretch out forever.

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Mosques are important enough to be built in stone.

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So is the occasional tomb. This one commemorated a man who had made the pilgrimage to Mecca. No big deal today: the flight from Khartoum to Jedda is an easy one, with Boeing 747's operating daily.

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The Blue Nile at Khartoum, flowing from the bottom of the picture up to the top and splitting around Tuti Island.  Khartoum proper is on the left; Khartoum North is on the right; Omdurman is in the distance, beyond Tuti Island.

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A ferry crosses the broad reservoir formed on the White Nile by the Jebel Aulia Dam, upstream from Khartoum but built by and for Egypt.  The reservoir creates a very welcome cool breeze.


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