Thursday, December 11, 2008

Aswan Dam

The Aswan Dam was completed in 1902 and is one of the worlds largest rock-filled dams, measuring at 364 feet high and 2 1/3 miles long. A rock-filled dam consists of coarse rocks and boulders and is normally covered in some type of concealment, in this case clay. The dam was built to protect the Egyptians the lived along the Nile from sever flooding. Hey! That seems like a pretty nice gesture, right? Wrong! The flooding each year in July was a natural part of nature but of course man had to come in and tamper with it. Now before I inform you of what a pain the dam is let me tell you about its very few upsides. The dam is a protector against flooding and provides fifteen percent of Egypt's electrical power. Well that's about it. Now for the list of hindrances the dam causes. Without the fertile soil farmers are forced to use those harsh chemical fertilizers which causes the land to erode. Now think about this, where does all the extra water go? Well that all important flood water ended up filling Lake Nesser. That doesn't sound so awful but it flooded other lands wiping out many ancient temples and churches. So thank you to the genius that thought building a dam and controlling more was a good idea. Maybe they will tear down this dam and let nature flow (literally flow.)

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