Egypt's National News

Reported by: Ethan Visser

the stuff in between your toes

Silt: Small particles of rich soil.

In Egypt, silt is needed to make farm land more fertile for growing and harvesting crops. But, with the Aswan Dam ( in lower paragraph ) blocks silt from the land making it less fertile.

Who are these people?

Fellahins: Farmers in Egypt who live in villages and work on small plots of land that they rent from land owners.

Most than half of Egypt's population live in rural areas, 20 miles within the Nile's waters. Most of these people are fellahins, who make little money for there families.

Where the fertilizer comes from

Phosphate: Mineral salt used in fertilizers.

Rock phosphate deposits contain many million tonnes of uranium, which may be extracted as a by-product of making fertilisers. These types of phosphates can be found in Egypt.

A great dam for a great country

Egypt is the home of the Aswan Dam, this particular dam enables the natives to have more control over the Nile's floodwaters. This same control leads the farmers of Egypt to harvest two or three crops a year. But, with all benefits come with consequences. As you read in the first article, the Aswan Dam blocks much needed silt from the land, making it less fertile. The dam also blocks necessary freshwater from flowing to the delta, which results in making the land less fertile as well.

Where does the food come from in this place?

Here in Egypt, there is enough sunlight to heat up the Arctic, and the land is very fertile due to the Nike's floodwaters. Because if these factors, there is a vast variety of crops grown here. Three of these Egyptian crops are sugarcane, various grains, and cotton. The crops are easily irrigated because of the close proximity of the Nile River.

the largest desert that you'll ever see

Egypt is not only the home for the Aswan Dam, but also one of the many countries that inhabits the Sahara Desert. The Sahara stretches from Egyot westward across North Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. Because of it's long stretch of sand and heat, the Sahara is the world's largest desert. The Sahara also got it's name from what it technically is, in Arabic, Sahara means "desert."
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