Nile River Delta at Night Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Nile Delta at Night

A fantastic photo of the Nile Delta at Night from NASA. This is great to illustrate the population that grows around a river and an excellent geography resource. The photo was take on October 28, 2010 by an astronaut on the ISS (International Space Station).
The Nile River and its delta look like a brilliant, long-stemmed flower in this astronaut photograph of the southeastern Mediterranean Sea, as seen from the International Space Station. The Cairo metropolitan area forms a particularly bright base of the flower. The smaller cities and towns within the Nile Delta tend to be hard to see amidst the dense agricultural vegetation during the day. However, these settled areas and the connecting roads between them become clearly visible at night. Likewise, urbanized regions and infrastructure along the Nile River becomes apparent (see also The Great Bend of Nile, Day & Night.)

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More great photos of Earth from the International Space Station are available, including an excellent photo of Italy.

NASA High Res Photos of Italy
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