Middle East News
By: Austen Hader
Small particles of rich soil. For centuries, the Nile's waters would rise in the spring. The swollen rivers carried silt, or small particles of rich soil. When it reached Egypt, the Nile flooded its banks. As the floodwater withdrew, the silt was left behind, making the land better for farming.
Underground rock layer that water flows through. Lydia has no permanent rivers, but aquifers lie beneath the vast desert. Aquifers are undergound rock layers that store large amounts of water. In the 1900's the government built pipelines to carry underground water from the desert to coastal areas.