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Toshka Lakes, Southern Egypt
Toshka Lakes, Southern Egypt Click here to view animation (552 kb)

High resolution photograph, December 1999 (1.5 MB)
High resolution photograph, December 1998 (750 KB)

New lakes in southern Egypt have been monitored by astronauts since 1998. This animation links together several photographs of the region taken by astronauts to show the sequence of flooding in the Toshka depression. The flooding was first documented in early November, 1998. Subsequently, three additional lakes were created by Lake Nasser overflow, as shown by the above photograph (STS103-712-7) taken in December of 1999. Estimates of areas of the lakes were made after the images were registered to a common image base. The region will be the location of large Egyptian agricultural and Egyptian developments that will support millions of people.

Additional photographs of the region taken by Astronauts can be viewed at NASA-JSC's Earth Sciences Home Page.

The Moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured these lakes on February 9, 2000 (2.4 MB), October 10, 2000, and November, 2000 (2.1 MB).

Image provided by the Earth Science and Image Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center

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