Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Egyptian Icons: Photo 6
Contemporary Egypt, but not so unlike the historic country. This is the Faiyum Depression, which lies below sea level in the desert southwest of Cairo. The name "Faiyum" comes from a Coptic word for "lake," and there is a natural lake here, once fed by an ancient branch of the Nile. The lake is small now, and most of the depression has been reclaimed by a canal from the Nile. The canal is an ancient one, though modernized. The canal's name hasn't changed, though: it's still the Bahr Yusef, or "River of Joseph." That's the Biblical Joseph.
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