Facts About The Nile River

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  • The Nile (النيل, , Ancient Egyptian iteru or Ḥ'pī, Coptic piaro or phiaro) is a major north-flowing river in Africa, generally regarded as the second longest river in the world.
  • Important river in Egypt
  • Nile: the world's longest river (4150 miles); flows northward through eastern Africa into the Mediterranean; the Nile River valley in Egypt was the site of the world's first great civilization
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The Nile at El-Minya, Egypt
The Nile at El-Minya, Egypt
The Nile is a beautiful river all along its course. This is what it looks like at El-Minya, about 230 km south of Cairo. But I probably took this picture more because of the birds flying in "V" formation than for the scenery itself. When I took the picture, I wondered why there were Canada Geese in this area, so far from home. In fact, there are Canada Geese in Europe that probably migrate south just like they do in North America. But I also found out that other migratory birds also fly in "V" formation including other types of geese, ducks, swans, pelicans and cranes. And if you look at this picture in its original size, the birds don't look quite like Canada Geese or any other kind of geese, for that matter. It's hard to tell, but I think I see necks that are longer than goose necks, and I think I even see long legs. If I was betting, I would put my money on a flock of cranes in this case. Anybody else care to venture an opinion?
The majestic Nile
The majestic Nile
A few facts about the Nile: it is regarded as the longest river in the world, with 6,650 km, it runs through 11 countries: Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Egypt. It drains a basin of 3.4 million square kilometres, or about three and a half times the size of Ontario.