But how did they grow crops when the land was flooded?
When the flood water recedes it leaves valuable minerals and nutrients on the land, a green fertile valley, that allows crops to grow.
So where are the pyramids?
Along the Nile! Like all the ancient Egyptian communities.
What else was the River Nile useful for?
Reeds, fish and birds and also for tranportation.
When the Nile floods the surrounding land and the water recedes, it deposits valuable minerals and nutrients onto the land. This enables farmers to grow a large variety of crops in the fertile soil and establish farming communities near to the Nile in the fertile green valley across the desert.
Does the River Nile still flood?
No because not of the Aswan High Dam.
Most of Ancient Egypt’s historical sites are located along the banks of the Nile river inclusing cities as Luxor and Cairo.
Thank you Hapi for the floods!
Reeds, called papyrus, grew along side the Nile and the Egyptians made paper and boats from the reeds. They also used spears and nets to catch fish and nets to catch birds above the surface of the water. The Nile also helped them to trade as it was the quickest and easiest way to travel from place to place.
Thank you James that was very informative!
The Nile The longest river in the world. Green fertile land - crops. Lake Victoria and Mediterranean Sea.
The Aswan High Dam was built in 1970 to help regulate flooding of the Nile River as high levels of water could wipe out crops while low levels would produce famines and droughts. The dam helps control these water levels.
Hapi was the Nile god. Honouring a god was important, so during flooding the Egyptians’ would thanks Hapi for bringing fertility to the land. The East was looked at as the place of growth and birth and the west was part of death, and is why all the burial tombs for the Egyptians are on the west side of the Nile.