In southern Egypt, the sandy desert turned, temporarily at least, into a lakes region. Beginning in 1998, lakes quickly appeared and almost as quickly disappeared from Egypt’s Sahara Desert. Then, in late 2019, they appeared again. Landsat and Sentinel-2 satellites captured these remarkable changes.
These images also show the progress of the Toshka Project. Originally intended to relocate millions of Egyptians from overcrowded cities into a “New Nile Valley,” the project includes plans for hundreds of thousands of hectares of irrigated farmland. Like the lakes that formed in this region, this irrigation project relies upon water from the Nile River. The Toshka Project remains incomplete and the ambitious plan’s future is in question.
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