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The Nile and Ancient Egypt



The Nile and Ancient Egypt
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     challenging words:    akhet, equal-sized, headwaters, fluctuation, starvation, upstream, civilization, irrigate, various, leading, dominant, affected, region, so-called, indicate, aspect
     content words:    Mediterranean Sea, Blue Nile, White Nile, Aswan High Dam


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The Nile and Ancient Egypt
By Vickie Chao
  

1     About 5,000 years ago, there was an ancient civilization slowly taking root in Africa. That civilization lasted more than 3,000 years. When it finally folded, it left behind a rich culture and some of the world's most fascinating structures. Amazingly, this civilization owed much of its existence to a river that flowed right through its land. That river is the Nile, and it nurtured the ancient Egyptian civilization.
 
2     The Nile is the longest river in Africa. It is also the longest river in the world. Stretching more than 4,100 miles long, the river travels from south to north. It passes through nine countries along the way before it finally drains into the Mediterranean Sea.
 
3     Like many great rivers, the Nile is made up of several smaller rivers. Its three main streams are the Blue Nile, the White Nile, and the Atbara. The Nile headwaters begin in the Ethiopian highlands. Every year between June and September, melting snow and heavy rainfall in that region would swell the Nile and created floods. This once-a-year overflow (called "akhet") had been going on for thousands of years. It was eventually stopped after the Aswan High Dam was opened in 1970.

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