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Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Egyptian Icons: Photo 7

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Controlling the Nile waters has been Job One in Egypt for almost 5,000 years. The view here is of a segment of the weir, downstream from Cairo, that controls water entering the delta. It's a 19th century product, started by French engineers but completed by English ones from India. They were led by Sir Colin Scott-Moncrieff, whose devotion to the peasantry amounted to a religious service.

Not surprisingly the weir is known to every Egyptian within a hundred miles. You can't ask a taxi drivers for "the weir, please," though; you have to use the Arabic qanatir, for "arches."

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